Driver flees after crashing through neighborhood

Oceanside Hit and Run

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Authorities are searching for a driver who fled from police and crashed through the yard of an Oceanside home Tuesday.

Officers tried to pull the driver over for a minor infraction around 4 a.m. near Country Club Lane and Maxson Street. The driver initially stopped, but then sped away, police said.

The vehicle then drove through the yard of a nearby home and collided with a gas meter.

Nobody was injured in the crash, but residents inside two homes were evacuated due to a gas leak.

San Diego Gas & Electric responded to the scene and shut off the gas. The affected residents were later allowed to return home.

The driver ditched the vehicle and escaped before officers arrived.  A description of the driver was not immediately available. The investigation is ongoing.