Police: Man deliberately crashes car into store lobby
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A man apparently deliberately crashed his car into the front of a Massachusetts hobby store early Tuesday, knocked over displays, and then drove from the scene, police said.
“This was not a case where a foot slipped off the brake and hit and gas,” Attleboro police Chief Kyle Heagney told The Sun Chronicle.
A worker spreading salt in the Hobby Lobby store’s parking lot at about 5 a.m. saw the car spinning around in the lot before it accelerated straight for the building, Heagney said.
The witness told police the driver struck the front door, backed up and then plowed inside.
The store was not open and no one was hurt. There was no structural damage to the building.
Responding officers found a license plate inside and a vehicle with heavy front-end damage and no front license plate was stopped nearby.
The driver, Rick Woodruff, 36, from Somerville, was taken to the hospital for an evaluation, the chief said. He will be summoned to court at a future date to face charges including malicious destruction of property. It was not clear if he had an attorney.
The driver’s motive remains under investigation, Lt. Jeffrey Rogers said.
An email seeking comment was left with Hobby Lobby’s corporate headquarters.