Car Hits Gas Pump, Ignites Fire Following Police Pursuit

Michelle S. Hubbard
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW-TV) -- Nobody was injured Monday morning after a car slammed into a gas pump at a Topeka Gas Station, setting it on fire.

Authorities tell 13 News that around 2:15 a.m. Monday, a Shawnee County Sheriff Deputy reported two cars traveling side by side at a high rate of speed near the 3600 block of Croco Road.

The deputy turned in pursuit and attempted to catch up with the cars.

Authorities say a 2002 Honda Civic, driven by Michelle S. Hubbard, 18, of Topeka left the road in the 3000 block of Croco. Hubbard lost control of her car, struck a utility box, ran over a gas pump and struck a Ford F-150 parked in front of the BP Gas Station.

First responders from the Topeka Fire Department quickly turned off the emergency shutoff to the pumps and got the fire out about five minutes later.

Luckily, no injures were reported. The driver refused treatment and was arrested, a passenger in the vehicle fled the scene.

Police say they are investigating the possibility that the two cars may have been racing before the accident.

Hubbard has been charged with DUI, reckless driving and two other charges.

The case is still under investigation.