Auburn Police: Drunk Driver Strikes Fire Hydrant, Causes Eruption

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Auburn police said a driver struck a fire hydrant on Tuesday, causing a los of 580,000 gallons of water. Photo Credit: Auburn Police Department
The intersection of Vine Street and Auburn Street was flooded after the fire hydrant erupted. Photo Credit: Auburn Police Department

AUBURN, Mass. – A driver was arrested on a drunk-driving charge after his car struck a fire hydrant on Tuesday morning in Auburn, causing 580,000 gallons in water loss and thousands of dollars in property damage, police said.

Shortly before 6 a.m., Timothy Weagle, 20, of Leominster, drove into a fire hydrant at the intersection of Auburn Street and Vine Street, according to Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Lourie. The water erupted and flooded the intersection.

Lourie said that Weagle then fled the scene on foot. The Auburn K-9 unit was called and the suspect was found about a mile away, trying to hide in a residence’s back yard.

Police said that Weagle was highly intoxicated when they found him. He also had minor injuries, so he was transported to the hospital.

Lourie said that Weagle will be summoned to Worcester District Court soon to face the following five charges: operating under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation and failing to slow at an intersection.

The Auburn Water District told police that there was extensive damage to the hydrant, resulting in thousands of dollars in property damage and water loss. 

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