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Police: Drunk Driver Runs into Convention Center, Arrested

LITTLE ROCK, AR -Crews are busy cleaning up the mess left after a car crash at the Statehouse Convention Center. Now, the man Little Rock Police say was behind the wheel is behind bars, accused of driving while intoxicated.
Car VS. Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Driver Arrested & Charged with DWI
Car VS. Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Driver Arrested & Charged with DWI
LITTLE ROCK, AR -Crews are busy cleaning up the mess left after a car crash at the Statehouse Convention Center. Now, the man Little Rock Police say was behind the wheel is behind bars, accused of driving while intoxicated.

Officers say 23 year old Phillip Troppoli, of Roland, crashed a 2007 Mercedes 350 into the south wall of the Statehouse Convention Center around 2:15 Friday morning. The damage to his vehicle; $25,000. The damage to the building; an estimated $15,000.

"There's some structural damage -- significant damage to the building," said Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Engineering, James 'Doc' Doolittle. "This is the result of drunk driving. It's not the thing to do before officers say he struck the building with his vehicle.

Troppoli is also accused of striking another vehicle with his own as he pulled out of a parking space.

In the incident report it was noted that officers saw an imprint of an individual's face on the inside of the windshield on the driver's side of the car that crashed into the building.

Troppoli was found inside the stairwell of the nearby Marriott Hotel. Police say he smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech. Officers also noted he had minor cuts on the left side of his face consistent with being in the driver side of a vehicle and striking the windshield.

Troppoli is also charged with careless or prohibited driving and refusal to submit to a BAC (blood alcohol content) test.

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