Driver plows into O.C. federal building in an allegedly deliberate attack
A driver with an alleged grudge against the government struck and injured a federal investigator Thursday before slamming into the exterior of a federal building in Orange County, authorities said.
About 4:30 p.m., the driver struck the investigator outside the Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel and crashed into a maintenance garage near the side of the facility, according to a law enforcement source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The driver was taken into custody at the scene, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. Both the driver and the injured federal employee were taken to a hospital in unknown condition.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene and deployed its bomb squad to survey for explosives, sheriff’s Lt. Mark Stichter said.
The suspected assailant’s vehicle and the building, colloquially known as “the Ziggurat,” were inspected by the bomb squad and deemed safe, Eimiller said.
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