Steps Foil Courthouse Truck-Crash Attempt


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill., Aug. 30 (UPI) — Police in Illinois said a man whose attempt to ram a big truck into a courthouse was foiled by steps to the building complained about child-support issues.

Edwardsville Police Chief James Bedell said officers responded at about 4:15 a.m. Monday and found Roy Conger, 42, had tried to back a 2010 International tractor-trailer into the south entrance of the St. Louis Street courthouse but the vehicle got stuck on the outside steps, the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat reported Tuesday.

Bedell said Conger had left the scene but soon turned himself in at the Madison County Jail. The chief said Conger told officers he had attempted to crash into the courthouse because he was upset about child-support issues stemming from his divorce.

A judge ruled against Conger earlier this month when he sought to have his child-support payments reduced because he had lost his job.

Conger was arrested and charged with a felony count of criminal damage to state-supported property valued at more than $500. He was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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