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Allegedly Drunken Stripper Spurred Gas Leak
January 14, 2009

A 30-year-old stripper at Teaser Pleaser was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run charges stemming from an early morning crash into a natural gas pipeline in west Bakersfield, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The 3:08 a.m. crash prompted voluntary evacuations of people and several road closures within a one-mile radius of the 1200 block of Greeley Road, officials reported.

The leak from an 8-inch pipeline was shut off and the roads were reopened by 9 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Williams said.

Officers found a purse in a 1993 GMC Suburban which was abandoned at the crash site, Williams said. The purse was connected to Tamara Lynn Kuiper who initially told officers she was too drunk to drive so she let a man she met at her workplace, Teaser Pleaser, drive, Williams said.

But witness statements and physical evidence indicated that Kuiper was the driver of the vehicle, officers said.

The residents west of Nord Road, north of Stockdale Highway, east of Superior Road and south of Rosedale Highway were affected, officials said.

Any residents in that area who stayed in their homes were advised to keep the doors and windows closed and shut down any heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, including water heaters, the Kern County Fire Department said.

Southern California Gas Co. crews arrived at about 6:30 a.m. to divert the gas flow and allow the escaped gas to dissipate.

Traffic remained moving on Rosedale and Stockdale highways, but Brimhall, Superior, Greeley, Nord, Driver, Palm and Johnson roads had been shut down, the fire department said.

Kuiper was injured in the crash and was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment, officers said.

Source: The Bakersfield Californian

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