Man drives into Division of Motor Vehicles building, then renews license

Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2005

ANCHORAGE - A man drove his car into a wall of the Division of Motor Vehicles building, then walked inside and renewed his driver's license, Anchorage police said.

Police believe the man was driving Thursday while impaired on medication. They have charged him with driving under the influence.

No one was injured.

The man's green Ford Taurus dented the building's sleek metal siding, cracked the inside of the wall and startled workers sitting nearby.

"I was probably up on my feet before I even realized I was standing," said Sandy Crisel, who was auditing paperwork in the accounting department when the crash shook her cubicle around 11:30 a.m. and caused her to fling a staple-puller into the air.

"At first I thought it was an earthquake," said Michelle Steinman, who was sitting with hearing protectors on at a loud microfilm camera in a room next to the storage room.

Laura Hoekzema was sitting a few cubicles away from Crisel and thought a bookcase had fallen on her friend. She started shouting, asking whether Crisel was OK.

The accounting department of the DMV usually doesn't see so much excitement, the women said.

Anchorage police Lt. Nancy Reeder said the driver was going slow enough when he drove over a sidewalk and hit the wall that his air bags didn't deploy.

"I saw the guy back up, get out of his car and walk into the DMV like nothing happened," Steinman said.

No one in the public area of the DMV noticed the accident. The women in accounting notified managers of the incident and pointed out the driver, who had walked inside and taken a number, apologizing to a clerk that he had "tapped" the building. After seeing the damage, DMV officials called police.



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