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Mercedes smashes through front doors of Cass County Jail
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FARGO - A car driven by a 50-year-old man crashed through the front doors into the foyer of the Cass County Jail about 6:45 this morning.


Capt. Judy Tollefson, who oversees the jail at 450 34th St. S., said the driver of the Mercedes came to the jail for his court-ordered breath test as part of the 24/7 sobriety program, which he does twice a day, "and somehow ended up in our foyer."

Tollefson said there was no explanation yet as to what occurred. A couple of jailers who had gone out to start their vehicles heard the crash and went to investigate.

Sgt. Tara Morris, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, said it did not appear to first responders that the man had been drinking. No one saw him crash into the building.

The driver, who was not identified, was taken from the scene by ambulance. Tollefson said she wasn't sure if it was for precautionary measures or for a specific injury.

It's not the first time someone has crashed through the jail doors. Tollefson said a similar incident happened about five years ago.