Hillsboro man drives truck off Leesburg Parking Garage
Rattan J. Bhatia, 85, is charged with reckless driving as a result of the 1:17 p.m. incident.
Bhatia, according to Leesburg Police, was driving his 1994 Ford Ranger truck at a high speed when he drove over a curb and launched through a metal barricade and brick facade.
His truck finally came to a rest on top of two unoccupied picnic benches on the Town Green near Leesburg Town Hall.
“We were fortunate that no one was sitting there at the time and no one was seriously hurt,” Lt. Jeff Dube, public information officer for Leesburg Police said.
Bhatia was the sole occupant of the truck.
The Leesburg Police Department is asking any witnesses to this crash to please contact Officer M.T. Buracker at 703-771-4500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477).
The incident is the third time this year a driver has crashed into a government-owned facility with their vehicle.
On May 5, a driver crashed into the county courthouse complex in downtown Leesburg. The driver of a 2009 Toyota Camry was turning right from westbound East Market Street onto North King Street, according to Liz Mills, spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
The driver continued to accelerate and drove through a fence at the courthouse complex before striking a tree.
Neither the driver nor the adult passenger in the car were injured. There were also no injuries reported at the courthouse complex, Mills said.
Driver inexperience was named as the cause of the crash.
On Jan. 21, the driver of a 2014 Subaru was injured after she suffered a medical emergency and crashed into the courthouse. That driver was traveling from an alleyway on East Market Street shortly after 1:45 p.m. when she crossed the street, struck a Town of Leesburg work truck and continued through the fence of the Loudoun County Courthouse property. She then veered right and continued across the lawn, eventually stopping after entering the portico and hitting the raised landing of the courthouse complex.