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Car crashes into CNN center: Driver was high on weed, glass shatters on impact

A car crashes into a CNN center in Atlanta, GA, because the driver was high on weed? That seems to be the strange case this weekend, reports CNN in a (quite literal) inside report this Saturday, June 14, 2014. A man was said to be driving his convertible Mercedes coupe down a busy city road when he suddenly slammed his car early on Friday morning into the building, shattering the glass doors and windows in the process.

Car crashes into Atlanta CNN center, high driver
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Although it remains unconfirmed at this time, police suggest that the driver who had his car crash into the CNN center was high from smoking weed. Fortunately, no deaths or injuries were reported from the unexpected vehicular accident, not even to the driver. The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Gerlmy Javon Todd, who license plates are not from Georgia, but in fact Florida. He was allegedly cruising down the hectic intersection off the CNN’s world headquarters block when the “left the roadway … and struck the building directly” shortly after 4 a.m. on Friday, says a recent citation.

One of the biggest questions that remains in the car crash case is just how Todd managed to slam his Mercedes into the glass paneled CNN building in the first place. A number of stone planters and barricade defenses are set around the perimeter of the building’s corner and adjacent intersection. Nonetheless, Todd must have somehow avoided the defenses, as the barriers were said to not have sustained any damage in the accident.

Due to the investigation into the incident still being ongoing, USA Today reveals that Atlanta police are able to offer little details or information pertaining to the car crashing into the CNN center lobby at this point. It is currently said not to be even known what direction the suspect was driving in when the crash into the shattered glass panels occurred.

"While I don't have additional info at the moment I feel it is safe to say that the car was on the road at some point and then left it," a police officer noted in an e-mail statement.

No further comment has been provided by the security corporate office of CNN either. According to the press release, however, police officers who rushed onto the scene said that there was the strong scent of marijuana in the vehicle. Allegedly, the driver suspect later told law enforcement authorities that he was high and had been smoking weed in the car while driving. He also attributed the sudden accident to lack of sleep, as he said he had been behind the wheel all night without rest.

Any employees at the scene of the accident early on Friday morning were said to be "shocked" at the sound of glass shattering on impact, and were unsure of what had happened right away. The driver, 22-year-old Javon Todd, has since been taken into official custody. He is currently being charged on several different counts, including driving under the influence while in a “less safe” state of mind, reckless driving and endangerment, and illegal possession of marijuana.

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