January 7, 2013

Coughing Attack Sends SUV through CHP Entrance

The California Highway Patrol got an unwelcome New Year's surprise at its Madera office on Sat., Jan. 5. The Merced Sun-Star reported that a former mayor of nearby Chowchilla suffered an apparent "coughing attack" and plowed through the CHP's entrance.

In the process, he took out "two concrete, sand-filled trash cans, placed to protect the front door of the building" and "destroyed two vending machines" before his vehicle stopped inside the lobby.

Driver Jim Kopshever — whose city council term just ended last month — was not cited due to the medical condition that sent him careening into the CHP lobby. (Good thing. This just isn't the sort of thing a candidate would want to talk about during a campaign.)

Luckily, no one was standing in the normally-busy lobby when the accident occurred. We can only hope the CHP decides to replace those sand-filled containers with something less moveable after its building repairs are complete.

Here's a link to the KFSN-TV video: http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/video?id=8940040&pid=8941528

Thanks to Rob Reiter from Blockaides for the heads-up on this story and for providing the photo.

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