Intoxicated driver plows through Alamogordo bank

New Mexico

Alamogordo police are trying to figure out why a man intentionally crashed his truck into a bank Sunday night, then fled the scene on foot.

Police say 41-year-old Joseph Boomgaarn showed no signs of stopping as he sped through the Walmart parking lot and went over six concrete barriers in the drive-thru lanes, before plowing his truck 20 feet deep into the south side of the Washington Federal Bank.

“I’m just glad to say that no one was injured. Our clients have been very compassionate about the situation,” said Vice President Lonnie Corral.

Boomgaarn was nowhere to be found when police arrived at the bank Sunday night around 6:00.

They say he turned himself in, unharmed, at the police station overnight. He was charged with DWI but the motive is still unclear.

Officials say during questioning, his story didn’t match what witnesses were telling them, and says he was speeding through the parking lot because he felt he was in danger for some reason.

“There are conflicting stories for what could have possibly happened or why he would’ve drove his vehicle into the bank,” said Officer John Vega.

The bank was closed because it was a Sunday evening, so nobody was inside. They were closed again Monday because of the damage.

“We feel that there will be minimal impact. We already have some work stations ready to go early morning,” said Corral.

With the investigation ongoing, they say they’re looking to see if Boomgaarn was trying to rob the bank. Because of that possibility, they say the FBI could take over the investigation.

A check of online court records shows Boomgaarn has a history of drug and gun arrests, along with a careless driving charge.

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