Driver charged for plowing through fence at State Capitol

Driver charged for plowing through fence at State Capitol

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police have charged a driver for plowing through a fence on State Capitol grounds early Friday, causing thousands of dollars worth of damages.

The driver, 55-year-old Carl Jackson, of Petersburg, was charged with failure to maintain lane and driving while intoxicated.

The crash happened around 3:13 a.m. Friday. Officers say the driver of a white, 2013 Nissan sedan was heading eastbound on Franklin Street at a high rate of speed. The driver was attempting to make a left turn onto 9th Street, but instead, the driver drove the car over the curb, across the sidewalk, and plowed through the fence near the Bell Tower.

Officers say the car stopped about 15 feet inside the fence. There was extensive damage to the car, and the State Department of General Services estimated the damage to the fence to be about $30,000.

Police say Jackson and another man, a passenger, were taken to VCU Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Jackson is scheduled to appear in Richmond General District Court at 9 a.m. Monday.

Capitol Police, the Richmond Police Department, the Richmond Ambulance Authority, and the Richmond Fire Department responded to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

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