AURORA — A rural Waterloo man has been arrested for allegedly crashing into the Aurora library while intoxicated Tuesday.
Jerod Joseph Siebel, 28, of 11804 Kimball Ave., was arrested for first-offense operating while intoxicated, first-degree criminal mischief, domestic assault and prohibited acts involving prescription drugs. He also was cited for open container and running a stop sign.
The Aurora Comet Center, 401 Woodruff St., suffered more than $10,000 damage. The building, which houses the library and a gym and hosts city council meetings, has been closed since the crash. The impact knocked a hole in the wall, tossed books from a shelf and snapped a water line, which caused damaged to equipment and carpeting.
The hole has since been covered with a sheet of metal.
According to authorities, Siebel had been at a home on Aurora’s Alice Avenue and attempted to leave. His girlfriend tried to stop him from driving because he was intoxicated, and he allegedly pushed her into a chair.
Siebel allegedly climbed into his Chrysler Town and Country van and sped away but slammed into the Comet Center while turning on Woodruff Street, according to court records.
He backed out of the building while bystanders watched and then left town, records state. At some point he allegedly sent a text message to the girlfriend informing her of the crash, records state.
As Buchanan County sheriff’s deputies were headed to the scene, Delaware County authorities stopped his van about 10 miles away on 210th Street and Washburn Avenue near Masonville. He allegedly failed a field sobriety test and refused others, and deputies found a pill organizer in his vehicle with three different prescription pills.