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Careless driver damages College Street entrance

July 30, 2002

Sometime during the late hours of July 13, a driver plowed into the right-hand side of the brick column-and-arch structure that marks the College Street entrance to the campus, causing significant damage.

The driver apparently failed to negotiate the turn from University onto College Street and, instead, plowed into the column.

"Apparently the guy was trying to extend University Avenue," Campus Chief of Police Eric Provost said jokingly.

The driver attempted to leave the scene but was prevented from doing so by the fire department, who responded to a call for assistance and blocked his car, Provost says. He was arrested and then transported to the hospital for treatment. The driver, 21, was not an APSU student.

Ben Pratt, director of physical plant, says that masons working on the project salvaged undamaged bricks from the original structure and used those on the front. "We wanted to maintain the old look as much as possible," he says.

Work was completed late last week.

Provost says the University will ask the district attorney or judge in the case to make restitution to the University a condition in the disposition of the case.