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Truck crashes into building in Taneytown Friday afternoon

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Posted at 8:12 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 05:44:39-04

TANEYTOWN, Md. — Police in a Maryland city arrested a "disgruntled resident" accused of intentionally ramming his car into City Hall and damaging the building, the city's mayor said Sunday.

The driver didn't injure the lone Taneytown city employee who was in the building on Friday evening when the car plowed into City Hall, Mayor Bradley Wantz said.

The Taneytown Police Department said in a statement posted on its Facebook page that the driver was arrested on charges including second-degree assault, second-degree burglary, reckless driving and malicious destruction of property. The police statement doesn't name the suspect.

Police said witnesses saw the car repeatedly strike the building. Wantz said during a telephone interview that the man was angry because his water service had been shut off for failing to pay his bill.

"This was his response to that," the mayor added.

The mayor says City Hall will remain closed through Tuesday.

Wantz denounced what happened.

"It is appalling that someone would be willing to endanger the lives of innocent people out of frustration with the city government," he said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.