A man who lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a newly built police station was under the influence of drugs, police say.
Sam O Kerlin was allegedly driving at 167km/h when he crashed his 2015 Volkswagen GTI into the Arlington Heights police station in Illinois on Sunday afternoon.
The car struck a curb, benches, a fire hydrant and a mini-retaining wall before crashing into the building.
Firefighters had to cut the 44-year-old from the smashed car before he was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but he was later stabilised.
Police say the crash did not appear to be intentional.
“None of the sources of evidence suggested the collision was a purposeful act and was, instead, clearly a result of the recklessness of the driver,” police said.
The Daily Herald cited an officer who interviewed Kerlin as saying the suspect had been using cocaine.
Kerlin was charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence of drugs.
The building, which was in its final phases of construction, sustained significant damages, however an engineering professional said the damage appeared to be non-structural.