Homes in the 11600 block of West 17th Street were evacuated early Thursday after a white van hit the side of a house, rupturing a gas line, Wichita police said.
Sedgwick County Clerk Kelly Arnold said on Twitter that police knocked on his door at 3:30 a.m. and asked him to evacuate because of a gas leak at his neighbor’s house. He said police told him the driver was drunk.
Wichita police Officer Charley Davidson said at 10 a.m. that the driver – a 25-year-old man – hasn’t been arrested, pending blood-alcohol tests.
The driver was heading home at around 2:30 a.m. when he missed the turn coming off North Chambers, Davidson said.
The house he ran into was unoccupied. Residents within 500 feet were allowed to return home just before 6:30 a.m.
The driver had minor injuries, Davidson said.