Troopers say driver who crashed through gates of Governor's mansion sounded like an explosion

It happened around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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The driver of a vehicle that crashed into the front gate of the Governor's mansion in St. Paul on Sunday night is in custody and facing multiple felony charges.  

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that the 59-year-old Clinton Leonard Fouquette of St. Paul crashed a 1999 Chevy Tahoe into the security gates at a high rate of speed around 9:40 p.m., and Governor Mark Dayton was home at the time.  

Troopers at the mansion, who provide security for the governor, said the crash sounded like an explosion and they had to monitor the vehicle to make sure explosives weren't involved. 

Foquette was arrested at gunpoint and he later told paramedics that he had medical issues and was "tired of dealing with all the electricity under his skin" and the only fix was to talk to Gov. Dayton. 

The crash caused an estimated $50,000 to $75,000 in damages. 

Foquette has been charged with felony terroristic threats and felony damage to property.  

Dayton recently returned home after a month-long stay in the hospital following two back surgeries.

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