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Police: Man tried to crash car into the Ada courthouse because he wanted to go to jail

Lt. Dana Borgquist explains how an Idaho man's car ended up in the Ada County Courthouse fountain

Lt. Dana Borgquist with the Ada County Sheriff's Office responded to a crash on Sunday morning in which Jonathan Locksmith reportedly drove his vehicle intentionally into the fountain outside the Ada County Courthouse. Borgquist said Locksmith tol
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Lt. Dana Borgquist with the Ada County Sheriff's Office responded to a crash on Sunday morning in which Jonathan Locksmith reportedly drove his vehicle intentionally into the fountain outside the Ada County Courthouse. Borgquist said Locksmith tol

A man tried to crash his car into the Ada County Courthouse on Sunday morning because he was reportedly upset with the court system, according to local law enforcement.

The man, whom Ada County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dana Borgquist identified as Jonathan Locksmith, was arrested, Borgquist said. He was booked into the Ada County Jail shortly before noon and charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor.

Borgquist told the Statesman that Locksmith, 37, drove his vehicle toward the courthouse at 200 W. Front St. around 10:15 a.m. with the intention of crashing into the courthouse.

“He drove his vehicle into the plaza, did one donut and then intentionally drove into the fountain,” Borgquist said.

Locksmith was not hurt in the crash.

“Nobody was injured. Thankfully no pedestrians were using the sidewalk,” Borgquist said.

According to Borgquist, Locksmith told an unidentified person that he was upset with the court system and wanted to be arrested and go back to jail. That individual alerted police.

Court records show that Locksmith has a history of infractions and criminal cases. Currently, Locksmith has a pending case in Ada County courts for a misdemeanor battery charge dating back to mid-September. He has a pre-trial conference set for Dec. 19.

“He just told us he wanted to go to jail, and that’s where he ultimately went,” Borgquist said. “He clearly knew what he was doing and why.”

The vehicle was not heavily damaged, either, Borgquist said.

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