St. Paul man charged with ramming SUV into gates of governor's mansion

A St. Paul, Minnesota man is facing felony charges after he allegedly rammed his large SUV into the security gates at the governor’s mansion Sunday evening. 

Clinton Fouquette, 59, is charged with first-degree criminal damage to property and making terroristic threats. 

According to the charges, at 9:40 p.m., Fouquette drove his 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe at high speed into the mansion’s gates. State troopers inside the mansion heard the crash, which they reported sounded like an explosion. 

Fouquette was ordered out of the SUV at gunpoint and arrested without incident. No one was injured. 

Governor Mark Dayton was at the governor’s residence at the time. 

Fouquette told troopers he had many problems and he believed the only solution was to speak to the governor. He also mentioned to the paramedics that he had medical issues. 

The crash caused between $50,000 and $75,000 in damage to the gate.