Hit-and-run driver shears off hydrant

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SAN DIEGO – Police were on the lookout for a hit-and-run driver that sheared off a fire hydrant in La Jolla early Friday morning.

The driver likely crashed into the hydrant at Rutgers Road and Vista Claridad near Mount Soledad sometime before 3 a.m.

Water shot nearly 20 feet into the air for about 45 minutes as firemen worked to plug the geyser. They didn’t have the correct tools when they first arrived, and thus a fireman was forced to stick his arm down an access hole to try and fix the hydrant.

Utility crews were able to shut the water off shortly before 4 a.m.

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