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New Jersey motorist deliberately crashes car into police station — while blasting Guns N' Roses' 'Welcome to the Jungle,' cops say
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New Jersey motorist deliberately crashes car into police station — while blasting Guns N' Roses' 'Welcome to the Jungle,' cops say

A New Jersey motorist deliberately crashed his SUV into a police station — while blasting the Guns N' Roses song "Welcome to the Jungle" on the car stereo, police said.

Man slams SUV into N.J. police station while blaring Guns N’ Roses, cops sayyoutu.be

What are the details?

John G. Hargreaves, 34, was immediately taken into custody after plowing his Toyota SUV through a wall of the Independence Township Police Department, the Associated Press reported, citing police.

Surveillance video of the Sept. 20 incident authorities recently released shows Hargreaves exiting the vehicle with his arms raised and index fingers pointing upward as if in celebration, the AP said, citing police.

"The entire vehicle came to a final resting place in the squad room. The defendant exited the vehicle and appeared to be celebrating as officers apprehended him on scene as his car stereo blared the song 'Welcome to the Jungle,'" according to James Pfeiffer, a Warren County prosecutor, the outlet said.

The crash caused "significant damage," Pfeiffer said, according to the AP.

That ain't all

Minutes prior to the crash into the police station, Hargreaves allegedly drove his vehicle deliberately through the garage door of a home in nearby Liberty Township, New Jersey, Pfeiffer added to the outlet.

"The investigation showed that at approximately 6:17 p.m. ... the defendant deliberately crashed his gold Toyota SUV into the garage of a private residence in an attempt to scare or harass the homeowner, who the defendant knew," Pfeiffer said in his statement, the AP noted.

Authorities added to the outlet that Hargreaves is suspected of picking the Independence Township Police Department to crash into since it's the law enforcement facility nearest to crash in Liberty Township. No injuries were reported in either incident, the AP said.

Liberty is about 10 minutes southwest of Independence in northern New Jersey, just east of the Pennsylvania border.

What happened to the suspect?

Hargreaves of Belvidere, New Jersey, was booked at the Warren County Correctional Center on one count of first-degree terrorism and one count of causing widespread injury or damage, Pfeiffer said, according to the outlet.

Hargreaves could face 30 years to life in prison if convicted of the terrorism charge, Pfeiffer added to the AP, noting that "the offense is subject to the No Early Release Act."

Hargreaves also faces several charges in connection with the crash into the Liberty Township home, the outlet said, including burglary, harassment, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Hargreaves remained behind bars as of Sunday pending a hearing in Warren County Superior Court, Pfeiffer noted to the AP, which added that it's unclear if he has an attorney.

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