Car crashes into law office
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--A woman faces a list of charges after running her car into a local law office.
Police say the drunken rampage came to an abrupt end.
The law offices of Olson, Juntunen and Sandberg are no strangers to having criminals visit their office - but last night it was taken to an extreme.
“That vehicle had to be going at a ridiculously HIGH RATE OF speed,” said Ted Sandberg, an Attorney at the law office struck by the vehicle.
A pickup slammed into their office just after 10:30.
“The amount of impact is impressive, there is a sunken steel beam that is out there to protect cars from hitting the building, that beam is bent over and cracked, you have to hit a steel beam really hard to crack it,” said Sandberg.
The driver, 27-year-old Stephanie Falcon of Belcourt was taken to the hospital for unknown injuries.
“The marble, which is 2 to 3 inches thick is shattered, you have to really hit marble hard to shatter it,” said Sandberg.
That's been the signature of the center city building since 1955.
Some of the marble had to be torn down today for safety. It's unknown if that can be replaced.
“To have it damaged like that is a real shame - it survived the flood and yet (laughs) nothing lasts forever I guess, multiple floods, it's a real shame.”
While the marble was no match for the pickup - the structural integrity of the building - inside and outside - was not impacted.
“Had a couple of UND hockey sticks that got bumped off my wall other than that no interior damage.”
While Sandberg won't be able to represent Ms. Falcon in court - he hopes she learned a valuable life lesson.
“If the worst thing that happened was a wrecked truck, cracked marble and somebody learned a lesson and nobody else got hurt, that's a good solution as we could hope for.”
Falcon - whose condition at the hospital is unknown - has been charged with drunk driving - along with driving without a license and leaving the scene of a crash.