May 21, 2009
Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Jail After Driving Car Through City Hall - Was Angry Because Cop Told Him To Turn Radio Down
Wichita, Kansas (The Weekly Vice) -- Marcus Johnson, a 33-year-old Wichita man was sentenced to 10 years in jail for crashing through Wichita's City Hall. Investigators say he was angry because cop told him to turn down his car radio.
Johnson was sentenced to 122 months in jail after causing some $200,000 in damages when his vehicle burst through City Hall's doors and continued through the facility.
According to police, Johnson became angered when a police officer told him to turn down the music in his car as he was parked at a convenience store Jan. 7, 2008.
In retaliation, Johnson drove his vehicle to downtown Wichita, pulled into the City Hall parking lot and drove right through the east-facing doors of the building. Investigators estimate Johnson was traveling at about 45 mph when his vehicle broke through the doors.
Investigators say Johnson's vehicle continued in an almost-perfect line down a hallway that extended to the west side of the building where Johnson's vehicle was finally stopped.
Surveillance video shows Johnson's car as it broke through revolving doors, solid doors, through a hallway and into the west side security area. Security personnel were captured standing in the path of the car just moments before it crashed through. The vehicle destroyed thousands of dollars in computers and security equipment.
Johnson plead 'no contest' to criminal damage to property, battery on a law enforcement officer and two counts of criminal threat.
During sentencing, Johnson asked the judge for leniency, claiming he had been hearing voices in his head that night.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
I hear a voice in my head too, Johnson. It's saying "see you in ten years, idiot"
The Weekly Vice
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