Man accused of driving car into Mizzou Arena charged

1 year 11 months 2 days ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:09:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
By: Blake Sammann, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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COLUMBIA - The Columbia man accused of driving his car into Mizzou Arena over the summer was formally charged Tuesday. 

23-year-old Nathaniel Conant was charged with four counts of felony first degree property damage. Police said he used his car to break through security gates and drive around the arena.

According to court documents, at 4:12 a.m. on June 26, Conant rammed his silver Volkswagon Passat through the rolling south gate before tearing through the Dock 1 garage door and entering the arena.

Police said Conant hit and damaged two large golf carts, then drove on to the main court, leaving tire marks and coolant fluid behind.

Police said Conant then tried to exit through the south gate but failed and dented it, then tore through the Press Gate (northwest gate) and exited the area at around 4:55 a.m.. 

The damage was estimated at $107,500.

Police said they recovered Conant's front license plate and cell phone from the scene. Video surveillance also showed a suspect that matched Conant's description. 

Conant was arrested after turning himself in.

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