SUV slams into state offices: Crash damages Townsend Building in Dover, driver charged with 3rd DUI

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DOVER — A 30-year-old Dover man allegedly driving drunk crashed into a state office building early Sunday morning, leaving a hole in the wall.

The driver was identified as Randell Mathews.

According to Department of State spokesman Doug Denison, a car failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Federal and East North streets and ran into a ground floor office of the Townsend Building.

The space impacted by the crash is used by the Division of Corporations.

The collision caused a heating pipe to burst, resulting in water damage to several work spaces.

Employees of the Division of Facilities Management were on the scene almost immediately, and the Division of Corporations was able to operate with no interruption in services Monday.

Although a few employees were moved to other offices, they will be back in their normal locations in a few weeks, if not sooner.

The heating system was also fully repaired by Monday.

Mr. Denison said repairs are estimated at several weeks. For now, a tarp covers the hole.

According to Dover Police Department Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, the agency was called to the Townsend Building on Federal Street at 4:54 a.m. Master Cpl. Hoffman said Mr. Matthews, the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, was charged with third-offense driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and failure to have insurance in possession.

Third-offense DUI is a felony.

No injuries were reported.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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