Update: Man Drives Car Through Homeless Shelter

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

Staff at Grand Junction’s homeless shelter spent today cleaning up after police say a drunk driver intentionally rammed his car into the building's lobby.

Rooster, a guest at Homeward Bound picks up left over debris after a car crashed through the homeless shelters front door last night. "Its my home, I would do anything for this place," says Rooster.

Last night just before eight o'clock police say 49–year–old Mark Bird drove to the homeless shelter on North Avenue, and gave one quick warning to a passing employee about what he planned to do next.

"He let her know that he was going to give her 30 seconds to save some lives and he was coming through," says shelter director Gi Moon.

Luckily, 30 seconds was all that employee needed to clear the building. Bird proceeded to drive his Ford Taurus into the building, crashing into several offices, and taking out the brand new front door while barely missing an employee. Moon says, "We had just spent $2,000 redoing our front doors yesterday."

Today guests and employees began cleaning and rebuilding. And for Rooster it's a way to repay the kindness that was shown to him. "They took me off the streets they feed me they cloth me," says, Rooster.

While homeward bound will be taking guests back in tonight it will be some time before they use the front door. But for now they are just thankful for quick thinking employees, and that nobody was hurt.

Bird is facing a number of charges including DUI, reckless endangerment, and menacing.

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