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Chase ends after suspect crashes into building, severs gas line, Des Moines police say

Police told Local 5 the suspect crashed into a building, which severed the gas line to a Hull Avenue bar shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A police chase ended in a crash that caused utilities to be shut off at a bar early Wednesday morning, according to Des Moines police.

Officers responded to a man breaking his no-contact order at a home on E 9th Street around 12:40 a.m., leading to a vehicle chase.

Des Moines Police Department Sgt. Paul Parizek told Local 5 the suspect crashed into a utility pole near a bar on E 9th Street and Hull Avenue. Police said the crash severed the bar's gas line.

The suspect ran away, but police caught him a few blocks away.

MidAmerican Energy said gas service was safely shut off to the building out of caution. It is unknown if anyone was hurt in the crash. 

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