SUV crashes into governor's mansion gate, driver idetified

Man reportedly was arrested at gunpoint Sunday night

November 26, 2018 - 8:50 am

The state patrol has identified the man who drove an SUV into the front gate of the governor's residence on Saint Paul's Summit Avenue.  

59-year-old Clinton Fouquette of St. Paul was not hurt but was taken into custody, reportedly at gunpoint.  

Officials say he faces felony charges of criminal damage to property and terroristic threats.  

The crash happened Sunday night at 9:30 and the man did not enter the grounds of the mansion.

The state patrol is trying to find out exactly why Fouquette was trying to ram the vehicle through the gate.

Gov. Dayton was inside the residence when the crash happened.

Here is a statement from Dayton deputy chief of staff Matt Swenson:

"Governor Dayton was at home at the time of the incident; he was never in danger. The State Patrol quickly contained the situation and apprehended the suspect without the use of force. Troopers did an exceptional job deescalating the situation to keep everyone safe."

He returned to the mansion last week after a month stay in the hospital following back surgery.

The mansion grounds are decorated for the upcoming holidays, with crews last week putting up a Christmas tree.