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Fire briefs: Man charged with DUI after car crashes into apartment building

Man charged with DUI after car crashes into apartment building

DULUTH -- A Duluth man charged with driving under the influence drove his SUV into an apartment building early Wednesday morning, police said, stopping just a few feet shy of a toddler asleep in its crib.

Gwinnett County firefighters were dispatched to Howell Landing Apartments at 2:17 a.m., where they found Christopher Nicholas Spence behind the wheel of an SUV that had "apparently left the parking lot and crashed through the brick wall ... of a single apartment unit on the ground floor of the building," Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

Duluth police spokesman Maj. Don Woodruff said he believed the car struck two parked vehicles before entering the bedroom of two young girls. No injuries were reported, Rutledge said, and no structural damage to the building occurred.

Spence was arrested by Duluth police on charges of DUI, first-degree criminal damage to property and other traffic-related offenses.

Gas leak shuts down part of Peachtree Industrial

DULUTH -- A natural gas leak on the 3800 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard on Wednesday morning caused two local businesses to be temporarily evacuated, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

Firefighters were dispatched at 8:36 a.m. after a vehicle reportedly backed into the gas meter between Cottman Transmission and Central Auto Services. Ten people were asked to leave those businesses while emergency crews from Atlanta Gas Light stopped the leak just under an hour after the initial call.

Peachtree Industrial Boulevard between Howell Ferry and Summit Ridge was reopened at 9:45 a.m.