Man intentionally crashed into NJ police station while blaring Guns N’ Roses, police say

Man intentionally crashed into NJ police station while blaring Guns N’ Roses, police say


Sarah Al-Arshani
 USA TODAY

A New Jersey man deliberately drove his car into a police station while blasting “Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses, authorities said.

The Independence Township Police Department said John Hargreaves, first drove his gold Toyota SUV into the garage door of a home in an attempt to allegedly intimidate the owner on September 20. He then made his way to the nearest police station and intentionally barreled into it.

“The entire vehicle came to a final resting place in the squad room. The defendant exited the vehicle and appeared to be celebrating as officers apprehended him on scene as his car stereo blared the song ‘Welcome to the Jungle,'” according to a statement from Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer.

Footage posted by Independence Township Police Department shows the SUV hurtling into the station before a man wearing dark sunglasses exits and raises his hands up. Two police officers walk him back towards a wall, pat him down, and put him in handcuffs.

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Hargreaves has been charged with multiple offenses including battery, criminal mischief, unlawful possession of a weapon, harassment, causing widespread injury or damage, and terrorism. If convicted, Hargreaves could face a life sentence in prison.

It’s unclear if anyone was injured in either crashes. Hargreaves will be detained at the Warren County Jail until a detention hearing, according to Pfeiffer’s statement.

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