The Ada County Sheriff’s Office got an unexpected visitor early Wednesday: A man drove a pickup truck through a security gate and crashed into a warehouse next to the jail, authorities said.
The incident happened at about 5 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Office on Barrister Drive, according to information posted about the incident on the sheriff’s blog. No one was injured but there was major damage to the gate and warehouse door.
The jail was put on lockdown as precaution, and police dogs that can sniff out bombs were brought in to search the truck and area.
The suspect, identified as Jeffrey D. Hines, 55, of Rathdrum, entered the warehouse on foot after crashing into the warehouse door. He was met by sheriff’s deputies and taken into custody.
Hines was charged with injury to a jail and malicious injury to property, both felonies. He is being held in the Ada County Jail without bail.
The Sheriff’s Office said there was a witness who saw Hines do a U-turn at the Cole Road and Barrister intersection, then drive across the Sheriff’s Office lawn and through the security gate.
The motive remains unclear. Investigators said they have interviewed Hines and have not found that he has any connection to current inmates.
The penalties for both felony injury to jail and felony malicious injury to property is up to $10,000 fine and up to five years in prison.