Members of the Zion Lutheran Church spent part of Saturday morning cleaning up the damage left behind after a man crashed his car into a sign and the building.
Firefighters and city police officers responded to the church, located at 153 Nott Terrace, at around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday. There, they found a 20-year-old who had not only crashed into and destroyed the church’s sign, but also drove into one of the columns of the church.
The man was taken to Ellis Hospital for a medical evaluation, but did not complain of any injuries, said Pat Irwin, a public information officer for the city police department.
The column was cracked at the base. However, Pastor Francis Rigobert said the building is still safe and services will continue. He said the next step is to get the church’s insurance company down to the building to check for any additional damage and estimate the repair cost.
The man, who was not identified by police, had fallen asleep at the wheel.
“At this point drugs and alcohol were not a factor,” Irwin said.
The man was issued three citations.