Sacto 9-1-1
December 16, 2011
Tahoe DUI crash creates gas leak

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A driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent crashed into the back of a South Lake Tahoe motel today, rupturing a natural gas main, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department said.

The accident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. when a driver identified as Ronald MacKenzie, 26, of Colorado tried to turn from La Salle Avenue onto Cedar Avenue.

Because he did not slow from a speed estimated at 40 mph, the driver lost control and ran his Toyota pickup into the back side of the Ski Haus Lodge.

Arriving personnel could smell the gas leak from a block away and evacuated the area while the gas main was secured.

MacKenzie was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Photo caption: Crash photo/South Lake Tahoe Police Department

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