CHP

A San Andreas man suspected of driving while under the influence of drugs was arrested Thursday morning after backing his car into the front of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s substation in Arnold, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release.

Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies responded at 4:41 a.m. that morning to an alarm call at the substation, which is located in a shopping center on Highway 4.

A 2002 Mercedes had backed over the shopping center’s sidewalk and into the front of the substation, pushing the windows, window framing and front door about one foot inside the building, the CHP said.

The deputies spoke to Christopher Bates, 34, who said he had backed into the building.

San Andreas-area CHP officers arrived at 5:15 a.m. and arrested Bates after determining he was under the influence of drugs, the release said. Officer Jesse Colby said information on the type of drug or drugs was not available Thursday.

There were no injuries as the substation was unoccupied at the time of the accident, which remained under investigation.

Bates was no longer in custody as of Thursday afternoon after being cited and released, according to Vinelink, an online database of inmates at county jails across the United States.

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