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Officials Still Assessing Damage After Driver Rams Truck Into Lawrence Co. Courthouse
Updated December 14, 2015 9:37 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - Officials are still assessing the damage to the Lawrence County Courthouse after a driver rammed his truck into the building Friday night.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham, 58-year-old Terry Luttrell was upset because of something he had learned from the Lawrence County Department of Veteran's Affairs causing him to ram his truck into the front of the courthouse and destroying the south entrance.

According to Lawrence County Commissioner Chris May, the entrance was destroyed. A limestone pillar and a limestone bannister were damaged, a new tree was uprooted and there was damage to the hand-carved limestone that runs along the door jam. May says an insurance adjustor has been called to assess the damages.

Employees who entered through the south entrance will now have to use the north entrance. The courthouse will be open today.

According to police, when Luttrell left his home he told his wife "if anyone came to the door they would probably knock it down. He then went to the Bedford Police Department about 9 p.m. Friday.

Chief Parsley says Luttrell was disturbed over his dealings at the Veterans Affair Office, but Parsley did not know any details about that encounter.

"He is a patient of the VA. He has a past history with the VA hospital," Parsley added "He seemed calm when he left the police department."

However, a few minutes later, police received reported that a man in a truck was ramming his pickup into the south side of the courthouse.

"Mr. Luttrell was backing up and ramming the doors with his truck when officers arrived on the scene," Parsley added.

Officers says Luttrell was combative and they had to physically restrain him.

"He was not injured, but was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for a medical evaluation," Parsley says.

Luttrell later admitted that he had been sober for 18 years prior to Friday night's incident, but he had "drank a pint" that night. He also admitted to "backing up and hitting it again and again." He also stated he hoped his actions would help at least one person in their dealings with the Office of Veterans Affairs.

Sheriff Branham noted that the Veterans Affairs office was at the bottom of the stairs of the door Luttrell rammed with his truck.

Luttrell was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, criminal recklessness, reckless driving, resisting arrest by force and disorderly conduct.

The crime remains under investigation and more charges could be filed.

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