PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie police arrested and charged a woman Friday in connection with a crash into a gas line in May that evacuated about 6,000 residents.
Terry Ann Brewer, 57, of Port St. Lucie is accused of driving under the influence with property damage.
On May 10 at around 1:23 a.m., police said Brewer drove her 2005 Dodge Caravan over a fence and crashed into a Florida City Gas Transmission's main line located on SW Macedo Boulevard near the intersection of SW Bayshore Boulevard.
Brewer was trapped in her van until the gas main was shut off and rescue workers were able to pull her from the wreckage. She was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center where she spent several days recovering from the wreck.
After the crash, an evacuation of residents and businesses occurred within a mile radius.
Due to the gas leak, the Florida Turnpike from Okeechobee Road in Fort Pierce to Bayshore Boulevard in Port St. Lucie was closed down.
Around 6,000 residents and many businesses in Port St. Lucie were without gas service. Several restaurants had to close during one of the busiest days of the year, Mother's Day.
During the investigation police learned that Brewer's blood alcohol content was .160, which is twice the legal limit.
Brewer turned herself in Saturday and was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail. She was later released on $1,000 bail.