Man Drives Car into Hotel Office in El Cajon
A 62-year-old man was jailed Friday on suspicion of attempted murder after he slammed his car into a motel lobby in El Cajon, causing moderate injuries to a clerk with whom he had argued earlier, police said.
The incident began around 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a dispute between the suspect and a clerk at the Budget Inn Motel in the 1500 block of East Main Street, just north of Interstate 8, El Cajon police Lt. Jason Taub said.
“At some point he left one of the hotel rooms, made contact with the clerk, there were some words exchanged (and he) made some threats to come back and hurt the clerk,” Taub said.
Around 8 p.m., the man crashed his sedan through the wall of the motel and into the office, where the clerk was sitting behind a desk, the lieutenant said.
The clerk was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries while the driver, who was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, was uninjured, Taub said.
The 62-year-old man, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, domestic violence and driving under the influence, Taub said.