Tuesday Jul 26 2011
Hit-and-run driver closes Roseville DMV office
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
A hit-and-run driver crashed into the Roseville Department of Motor Vehicles office on Harding Boulevard Monday evening. The driver caused a gaping hole in the northeast side of the building about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide shortly after 8 p.m., according to Jeff Carman with the Roseville Fire Department. Roseville police were notified of the incident by a local news channel after a viewer sent in a tip via email, according to Dee Dee Gunther with the Roseville Police Department. Roseville Police turned over the investigation to the California Highway Patrol, since it is a state building, Gunther said. “By the time the officer arrived at the scene, the vehicle was gone,” said David Montejo with the California Highway Patrol. Montejo said the vehicle and driver were never located and officers have no suspect information. DMV officials said the vehicle belonged to a driving school and that a student was behind-the-wheel at the time of the crash. No one was hurt. As a result of the crash, the Roseville DMV office will be closed at least through the end of the week, according to Mike Marando with the California DMV. “Contractors will be on site this afternoon to assess damages and give us a more definite timeline,” Marando said Tuesday. Customers were left to sit outside under a large oak tree on plastic chairs Tuesday as a limited staff took care of those who had appointments. Marando said the Roseville office is still conducting drive tests for customers who had previous appointments, but that is the only service being offered at this time. “We have limited staff at the Roseville office showing customers how they can make advanced appointments online and through the telephone,” Marando said. Most employees of the Roseville DMV office were sent to work at nearby offices in Rocklin, Carmichael, Folsom and Auburn, Marando said. The Rocklin DMV office, located at 5245 South Grove Street, will be accommodating driver’s license and registration for those customers who have made advanced appointments. “We are more than equipped to handle the additional customer work load based on the fact that we are sending existing staff to other offices,” Marando said. Customers are being redirected to DMV offices in Rocklin, Carmichael and Folsom, Marando said. Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.