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Police: Man Who Rammed Car Aimed For State Dept.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A police officer has testified that man who drove a stolen Jeep into a downtown D.C. office building first tried to drive it into the State Department building.

Officer Raphael Radon testified Thursday that Charles Ball, 32, of New Market, Md. was trying to get the FBI’s
attention when he rammed the office building in northwest D.C. on June 8. No one was hurt.

The Washington Post reports that Radon’s testimony came at a Superior Court hearing for Ball, who has been charged with arson and destruction of property.

Radon said after police caught Ball, officers smelled gasoline and noticed a cigarette lighter on the front seat of the vehicle and an empty gas container nearby.

Ball was ordered held until his next hearing in August.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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