Of All the Garage Doors in Alaska, Driver Hits This One

That would be the one on the governor's mansion
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2016 1:00 PM CDT
State employees seal off the Governor Mansion's garage door entryway on Indian Street Friday, April 29, 2016, after an alleged drunken driver rammed into it Thursday.   (Paula Ann Solis/The Juneau Empire via AP)

(Newser) – Of all the garage doors in Alaska, Alexander Oliphant allegedly hit a most unfortunate one: that currently being used by Gov. Bill Walker. The Juneau Empire reports that police responded to a call Thursday night and found Oliphant and his dog in his car, which happened to be in a temporary construction fence. Police say Oliphant wouldn't take a breath test but did allegedly let them know that he had previously hit the Governor’s Mansion door, which was indeed found "caved in," per a rep for Juneau police.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that video surveillance confirmed that the person who crashed into the door "did not enter the garage or any other part of the residence"; Walker was home at the time but was undisturbed. Repairing the door is apparently no simple feat, as the expected timeline is several weeks. The 49-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing that test, and the dog was placed with animal control. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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