SUV Crashes into CHP Building In Madera

KMPH had the only crew on scene when fire fighters pulled this Chevy Tahoe out of the California Highway Patrol building in Madera.

The driver, 56-year-old James Kopshever, is a former mayor and city council member of Chowchilla.

Kopshever told the Madera tribune he'd stared coughing and pulled over, the next thing he knew he had looked up, the airbags had deployed and his car was inside the office.

The Tahoe busted through concrete barriers, plexi glass, and a wall. It eventually came to rest against the wall that separates the lobby from the interior office. Only one officer was inside the lobby at the time.

Luckily, no one was seriously hurt in the crash.

Believe it or not, this is not the first time someone has crashed into that building. Officers say, about ten years ago, someone was parking their car there and instead of hitting the brake, they hit the gas and smashed right in to the building.