Investigators say around 3 p.m. Thursday an S.U.V. crashed into the C.H.P. office on Airport Drive in Madera. Fortunately, no one was injured.
The driver was 56-year old Jim Kopshever, a former councilman and mayor of Chowchilla.
“The crash produced a loud sound that could be heard throughout the office and my reaction was to see if anyone was hurt,” said C.H.P. Sgt. Michael Donnelly.
Sgt. Donnelly explained what happened with Kopshever that lead to this startling surprise.
“He began coughing. He felt light-headed and possibly fainted,” said Sgt. Donnelly.
Investigators say Kopshever lost control while driving on Airport Drive, went over the lawn, across the parking lot, then smashed through the front doors.
“Fortunately no one was in the lobby,” said Sgt. Donnelly.
Early indications are that Kopshever suffered some sort of medical condition. Officers put him through a series of sobriety tests to be safe.
“Mr. Kopshever was not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs. The investigation is still ongoing, but at this time the driver will not face criminal charges,” said Sgt. Donnelly.
Thursday evening, workers stabilized the structure by installing supports. Despite the destruction, this office is expected to be back open for business on Friday.
“We'll still provide service as we can for the public,” said Sgt. Donnelly.
Officers will most likely open the building’s security gate and have people drive through the back lot to enter through another door.