A Medford city block, including Sacred Heart School, was evacuated for more than two hours late Friday morning when an alleged intoxicated driver crashed his blue pickup into bushes on the side of a house at 12th and Ivy streets, causing a natural gas leak.

A Medford city block, including Sacred Heart School, was evacuated for more than two hours late Friday morning when an alleged intoxicated driver crashed his blue pickup into bushes on the side of a house at 12th and Ivy streets, causing a natural gas leak.

Medford police Sgt. Derek Parks said the driver, 23-year-old Kyle Fisher was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants. Parks said he believes Fisher nearly crashed into the house after leaving the Minute Market on Oakdale Avenue several blocks away.

Fisher was the only person in the car and was not injured in the 11 a.m. crash, Parks said. Medford police transported him to a detox center. He was cited and released on charges of DUII and reckless driving.

The car hit a power pole that then caused the gas leak, prompting emergency crews to evacuate the block between J and Ivy streets, according to Medford Fire Chief Dave Bierwiler. Students at Sacred Heart were moved from the west side of the school to the east side during the leak, which was fixed at about 1:15 p.m., he said.

Three engines, one supervisor and 15 Medford firefighters responded to the crash, Bierwiler said.

— Josephine Woolington