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Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Hey man, look at all the cop cars. Was that a garage door? What is this, some kinda police station?

One of the two garage doors that were smashed open by a hit-and-run driver at Fairfax City police headquarters early Thursday. No one was hurt. Damage was estimated at $10,000. (City of Fairfax Police)
Fairfax City’s relatively new police headquarters is pretty well lit and gives all the appearances of an official government building. And speaking of well-lit ...

Anthony J. Skrobacz, 49, of Spotsylvania, is accused of getting high and then committing vehicular hit-and-run upon the Fairfax City police headquarters. No one was hurt. (Fairfax County Sheriff's Office)
Someone drove a car through a garage door in the rear of the Fairfax City police headquarters early Thursday, chugged through the sallyport and then plowed right through the other garage door, basically destroying them both. This put the car inside the gated police parking lot behind headquarters, Sgt. Joe Johnson said. But the driver was able to pull up to the gate, which automatically grants egress, and drive away.

Surveillance video later showed that the car was a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis, the same model as perhaps the most widely used police car in America, the Ford Crown Victoria. (Irony!)

Perhaps even more ironic is that the garage doors were not alarmed, and at 2 a.m. neither of the two dispatchers in Fairfax City headquarters heard it happen, Johnson said. The police-type car drove away from the devastated police station unnoticed.

The Fairfax City police headquarters, on Old Lee Highway. Would you drive behind this building and through a garage door? Two garage doors? (City of Fairfax Police)
A short time later, however, someone reported a car sitting on a median behind the Safeway near University Drive in Fairfax City, Johnson said. Officers snagged the driver, and charged Anthony J. Skrobacz, 49, of Spotsylvania with driving under the influence of drugs because of evidence in the car and statements he made, Johnson said. He would not specify which drugs.

When the officers returned to headquarters, they discovered the demolished garage doors, Johnson said. They checked the trusty surveillance tape, and matched the Grand Marquis behind the Safeway to the one blasting through the sallyport. Skrobacz was then charged with reckless driving and hit and run. No one was hurt, and the damage to the doors was estimated at $10,000. And no one knew how or why a car was driven behind, and then into, and then out of, a large police station. Except maybe for that well-lit part ...

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Categories:  Fairfax City | Tags:  Fairfax City police, Anthony John Skrobacz, Mercury Grand Marquis, hit and run

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