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Police: Driver arrested after crashing stolen car into building

Posted at 2:33 PM, Mar 28, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo Police say an 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after crashing a stolen car into a building.

The teen crashed into a building in the 400 block of S. Burdick Street, according to a release.  He then fled the area on foot and was arrested after a brief chase in the 400 block of St. Rose.

The crash caused a gas leak and officials closed the road and evacuated area businesses. The gas leak has since been fixed.

Police say the crash happened after officials spotted the stolen car at about 1:37 p.m. in the area of Burdick and Lake Street.  When police turned their patrol vehicle around to stop the car, the teen drove off at a high speed, lost control and crashed into the building, according to a release.

The suspect faces charges of hit and run, resisting and obstructing police and possessing a stolen vehicle.  He will be identified pending formal arraignment.