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Police: Car rolled into gas meter on Ace Hardware building

Police say a woman was inside a vehicle when it rolled into a gas meter at an Ace Hardware store in northwest Portland on August 10, 2017. (SBG photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A vehicle rolled into a gas meter at an Ace Hardware store in northwest Portland Thursday and ruptured a gas line, police said.

Emergency personnel responded to the crash at 8:53 a.m. at 17th Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street.

Portland police said a woman, who is not the owner, was sleeping inside the car at the time of the crash. They said she left the scene after the crash, but wrote a message on the windshield in lip balm that says, “Don’t leave a blacked out girl in a car.”

The vehicle’s owner responded to the scene and was talking with officers, police said. The owner said she doesn't know how the woman got in her car.

The woman in the car is in her 20s with red hair that goes past her shoulders, police said. She was last seen going south on Northwest 17th Avenue toward Glisan Street.

Officials evacuated the store after the crash and emergency personnel worked to evacuate other buildings in the area.

People inside the Ace Hardware said they heard a loud bang and then hissing.

Portland Fire and Rescue said they tested all buildings in the area for gas and everything was safe.

Crews managed to shut off the leaking gas and officials blocked traffic in the area.

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