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Woman Blames GPS For Driving SUV Into Front Of Police Station

Portland, ME – A Maine woman is blaming her GPS after she drove her SUV down the steps to the entrance of the Portland Police Headquarters.

Portland police posted about the bizarre incident to its official Facebook page on April 30 and shared pictures that showed a blue SUV wedged in the staircase right outside the entrance to police headquarters.

Police said that the 26-year-old female driver told officers that she had been following her GPS when the incident occurred.

Officials said the driver navigated her vehicle through the police department’s parking garage and across the pedestrian plaza outside police headquarters.

Then she drove the SUV down a flight of stairs, right underneath a big sign that announced she was literally entering police headquarters.

Police said the woman was trying to drive down the staircase to get to Middle Street, according to the Facebook post.

The driver blamed her GPS for the bizarre route that ultimately landed her at the front door of the police station, but officers said they disagreed with her assessment of what caused the mayhem.

Portland police said officers determined the crash had been caused by the driver’s excessive blood alcohol level rather than her navigational technology.

The driver was cited for operating under the influence, according to the Facebook post.

“We are fortunate that she didn’t strike anyone and this ended with just a small amount of property damage,” the police department wrote. “Please don’t drink and drive.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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