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Woman Charged After Crashing SUV Into Government Building In Towson

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TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Scary scene. An SUV plows into a state government building in Baltimore County. Police say the driver was trying to park, but instead drove into the office.

Tracey Leong has more on the dramatic pictures.

All that remains is a massive hold that crews are working to repair. The scary ordeal comes just two months after another vehicle crashed into WMAR-TV’s building right across the street.

It was just before 8 a.m. Thursday when an SUV came barreling through the parking lot of the Drumcastle Government Center on York Road in Towson.

“The black SUV went up the hill and through the wall,” said witness Crystal Kolb.

Crystal Kolb was just feet away when she saw the black SUV crash into two cars before hitting the building.

“I was like, ‘Oh my god, here comes two SUVs in my direction.’ I was terrified,” she said.

The car caused a seven-foot-hole on the side of the building. Inside, it took out an air conditioner, a light and the ceiling.

“Gratefully, it was early enough where we don’t have that many staff here,” said Monique Lyle, Health and Human Services.

Workers inside were evacuated immediately. A 45-year-old county Social Services worker was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Back in May, there was a similar scare for workers at WMAR-TV across the road. A man claiming to be god slammed a stolen truck into their building. No one was injured and the driver was arrested.

The driver of the SUV, 48-year-old Hiwot Arbi, and a female passenger suffered minor injuries. Both refused transport to local hospitals.

Police are charging Arbi for failure to control her speed to avoid a collision.

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