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Police looking for woman they say damaged car, let it roll into gas meter in NW Portland

Police looking for woman they say damaged car, let it roll into gas meter in NW Portland (SBG photo)

Police are searching for a woman they say entered a vehicle that did not belong to her, damaged it, and eventually forced it into drive and walked away as the car rolled into a natural gas meter.

The incident happened in front of an Ace Hardware store on Northwest Glisan Street at 17th Avenue Thursday morning. The crash ruptured a gas line, which was quickly shut off by Northwest Natural.

Portland police say before leaving the scene, the woman pulled anything she could from the car and wrote a message on the windshield in lip balm that said, “Don’t leave a blacked out girl in a car.”

The vehicle’s owner said she doesn't know how the woman got in her car.

The woman is described as being in her 20s, with red hair that goes past her shoulders.

She was last seen going south on Northwest 17th Avenue toward Glisan.

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 tested all buildings in the area for gas and determined everything was safe.


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