Clinton L. Fouquette, 59, of St. Paul, was charged with criminal damage to property and terroristic threats.
Video: Driver Charged With Allegedly Ramming SUV Into Govs Residence Gate
The driver “did not enter the grounds” after the SUV came to a stop on the drive inside the gate, State Patrol spokesman Lt. Gordon Shank said. No one was injured, he added.
Gov. Mark Dayton was home at the time, said spokeswoman Caroline Burns, but “was never in danger. The State Patrol quickly contained the situation and apprehended the suspect.”
Bruce Gordon, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said, “The State Patrol ordered the suspect out of the vehicle at gunpoint, de-escalated the situation and arrested him without incident.”
While the patrol had yet to say whether the damage done to the gate by the 1999 Chevy Tahoe was intentional, the nature and severity of the felony charges pointed to Foquette committing a willful act.
Troopers at the residence heard a crash, “which sounded like an explosion,” and one trooper kept watch on the SUV “to make sure it wasnt an explosive” as other members of law enforcement arrived.
After Fouquette was removed from the vehicle, he told troopers “he had many problems and … believed the only solution was to speak with the governor.”
He went on to tell paramedics that he had medical problems and was weary of “all the electricity” under his skin, the criminal complaint quoted him as saying.
Officials said Foquette was from Center City, Minn., but the vehicles registration, charging document and other public records show he was living on St. Paul Avenue in St. Paul, about 4 miles southwest of the governors residence.
The governors schedule for Monday, released early Sunday night, said he had meetings planned with agency chiefs and staff throughout the day.
A similar incident occurred in September 2016, when a St. Paul man rammed his car into the front gate. The driver, 42-year-old Wondu Seifu, told troopers at the scene that he wanted to speak with the governor.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say a motorist accused of crashing his SUV through the front gate of the Minnesota governor’s residence in St. Paul has been jailed.
Shank says the vehicle, driven by a 59-year-old Center City man, came to a stop in the driveway. He was ordered out of the vehicle and arrested without incident.
Gov. Mark Dayton was home at the time. Spokesman Matt Swenson says the 71-year-old governor was never in danger.
A similar incident occurred in 2016, when a St. Paul man rammed his car into the front gate, saying he wanted to speak with the governor.