(LaPorte, IN) - A driver after crashing inside LaPorte High School was captured on surveillance video fleeing on foot. LaPorte Police Chief Paul Brettin would not disclose if the driver has been identified or arrested because the investigation was still ongoing.
“The vehicle was all the way inside,” he said. According to police, footage from a school video camera shows the collision happened at about 3 a.m. Monday.
Brettin said it appears the truck southbound on G St. hopped the curb along 6th street and crashed through a heavy wood fence surrounding a small playground area.
The vehicle next went through an outside wall of glass and brick then came to rest about 100 feet inside the structure. Police were called when school employees reporting for work discovered the damage, Brettin said.
“It was certainly surprising, to say the least,” said LaPorte Community School Corporation superintendent Mark Francesconi.
Francesconi said the crash occurred where pre-kindergarten classes used to be taught.
He said career and technical education courses and the student health clinic are being relocated to space just recently vacated by the pre-school program moving to the old Boston Middle School.
Francesconi said there wasn’t much furniture left in that section of the school and he won’t know the full extent of the damage until the insurance carrier looks things over.