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Motorists Seek Out Cheap Gas As Fuel Prices Soar

ROSEVILLE (WWJ) – Metro Detroit motorists are facing sticker-shock at local gas stations as pipeline issues in the Midwest push prices to the $4 a gallon range.

After gas prices jumped 20 cents or more in the past day, many are on the search to find the cheapest gas around.

With prices as low as $3.69 at the Roseville Kroger on Gratiot Thursday, there was not a vacant pump in site as drivers tried to fill up on the cheap while they could.

“I’ve seen other gas stations at $3.99, $4.10,” one man at the station told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Ron Dewey.  When he saw $3.69 a gallon he “hit the brakes.”

Some are filling up gas cans for their boats.

“I spent $90 bucks already in about 15 minutes,“ said another patron.

Gas shot up 30 cents not long after this man filled up at 3.69 a gallon: “I thought it looked a little odd. Like well, this can’t be,” said the man.  He was glad he got to the station in time.

On Detroit’s east side, the going rate is $3.89 to $3.99 for cash.  At one station on the corner of Vernier and Mack, prices reached as high as $4.17.

Analysts say gas stations have been paying an additional 21 cents a gallon since Wednesday morning, for a total increase of 61 cents a gallon since last week.

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