Man flees after car strikes house, later caught

Posted at 12:19 PM, Nov 15, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-10 12:19:55-05

Niagara County Sheriff Deputies arrested Joseph M Childs, 49 of Albion after the vehicle he was driving struck a parked vehicle, which then caused the parked vehicle to hit a home at 9209 Ridge Road, rupturing the natural gas line.

After fleeing the scene on foot, he was located a short distance from the accident and transported to Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport for treatment of minor injuries. Houses in close proximity to the scene were evacuated as a precaution by Hartland Fire Company as NYSEG responded to the incident to handle the natural gas leak.

Childs is charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, speeding, and several other traffic infractions

No other injuries were reported as the Niagara County Sheriff Department continues to investigate the accident.