Drunk driver rams Alaska Governor’s Mansion and fence at Capitol

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A 49-year-old man identified as Alexander Oliphant has been arrested after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into the garage door at the Alaska Governor’s Mansion in Juneau, police say. He was arrested at the nearby State Capitol.

The incident was first reported at 10;51 p.m. local time on Thursday when a woman called the Juneau Police Department to report that a vehicle was stuck in temporary construction fencing at the State Capitol.

Officers arrived at the scene and arrested 49-year-old Alexander Oliphant, who volunteered to responding officers that he had also struck the official residence of Governor Bill Walker, which is just a two-minute drive from the State Capitol.

Governor Walker’s security officer confirmed that the garage door to the Governor’s Mansion had caved in. “Video surveillance was reviewed and a member of the Governor’s security detail has confirmed that a man did ram the garage door with a vehicle,” said Lt. Kris Sell of Juneau Police.

Lt. Sell added that the suspect did not enter the garage or any other part of the Governor’s Mansion.

There were no injuries as a result of the incidents, and a dog that was found inside the vehicle was turned over to animal control. Oliphant was arrested for driving while intoxicated and later also charged with refusal to take a breath test.

“The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending,” Lt. Sell said.

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