Columbus, NE (AP) - A 50-year-old Richland man faces charges of driving under the influence and texting while driving after his truck hit a natural gas meter at a rural Colfax County residence, prompting an early morning evacuation of the area.
The Columbus Telegram reports that the man hit the Black Hills Energy gas line east of Columbus in eastern Nebraska around 2:45 a.m. Friday.
The punctured gas line began to leak, forcing the evacuation of nearby residences about 45 minutes later, who were not allowed to return until after 8 a.m.
The Colfax County Sheriff's Office says the driver admitted he was texting an ex-girlfriend when the crash happened. A breath test showed his blood alcohol level at .128, well above the .08 driving limit.
The driver was not injured.
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