SOUTH FORSYTH — The man reportedly responsible for causing a high-pressure gas leak Saturday night in southwest Forsyth was arrested hours later after authorities traced an ID card found at the scene of the single-vehicle wreck to his home.
According to reports from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, a Nissan pickup truck struck a natural gas pipe at Atlanta Highway (Hwy. 9) and Strickland Road about 6:30 p.m.
As a result, traffic was diverted for about three hours while crews worked to stop the leak and repair the pipe.
Deputies found an identification card outside a nearby truck belonging to 37-year-old Antonio Santos-Gregorio that led them to a residence in the nearby Pine Ridge Mobile Home Park.
Santos-Gregorio was subsequently arrested for driving without a valid license and leaving the scene of an accident. As of Monday, he remained in the Forsyth County Detention Center, where his bond has been set at $1930.50, authorities said.
After the crash, Santos-Gregorio ran away only to be picked up by a sheriff’s deputy, who gave him a courtesy ride home after determining he was intoxicated on private property, the report said. The deputy was not aware of the gas leak at the time.
About three hours later, authorities found Santos-Gregorio asleep in his home. According to the report, he said he “ran because he was afraid from the loud noise and that he was an unlicensed driver.”
Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the gas leak did not pose a threat to nearby residents at any time and that the Forsyth County Fire Department was present to monitor the scene before a gas company arrived to repair the pipe.