LRPD: Man Arrested after Driving Car into Statehouse Convention

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – A man has been arrested for DWI and other charges following an early morning incident in downtown.

Police say Phillip Troppoli, 23, of Roland, crashed a 2007 Mercedes 350 into the south wall of the Statehouse Convention Center around 2:15 this morning. His vehicle received $25,000 in damage and damage to the building is estimated at $15,000, according to police.

“There’s some structural damage — significant damage to the building,” said Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Engineering, James ‘Doc’ Doolittle. “This is the result of drunk driving. It’s not the thing to do.”

Before officers say he struck the building with his vehicle, Troppoli is also accused of striking another vehicle with his own as he pulled out of a parking space. Damage to that vehicle was estimated at $1,500.

In the incident report it was noted that officers saw an imprint of an individual’s face on the inside of the windshield on the driver’s side of the car that crashed into the building.

Troppoli was found inside the stairwell of the nearby Marriott Hotel. Police say he smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech. Officers also noted he had minor cuts on the left side of his face consistent with being in the driver side of a vehicle and striking the windshield.

Troppoli is also charged with careless or prohibited driving and refusal to submit to a BAC (blood alcohol content) test.

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