Police: Bedford man rammed truck into courthouse because he was upset with the VA

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BEDFORD, Ind. (December 13, 2015) — A Bedford man was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, criminal recklessness, and reckless driving after he allegedly rammed his truck into the Lawrence County Courthouse Friday night. And according to police, it was because he was upset with the Veterans Administration.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the Bedford Police Department responded to the scene of a vehicle accident at the Lawrence County Courthouse Friday around 9:40 p.m. When they arrived, they discovered Terry Luttrell, 58, backing up and ramming his truck into the doors of the courthouse.

Luttrell was taken into custody after a brief struggle with responding officers.

Further investigation by the police department revealed that Luttrell had spoken with the VA on Friday, and he was frustrated with the news he received.

According to witnesses, Luttrell was very upset and he left his home, leaving his wallet and cell phone behind and warning his wife that if anyone came to the door they would probably knock it down. Witnesses advised investigating officers that Luttrell said he was going to drive his truck into the courthouse.

Additionally, Luttrell visited the Bedford Police Department juts prior to the incident to speak with an officer about his frustrations with the VA. According to the officer Luttrell spoke with, there was no indication at that time that he had been drinking.

Luttrell later admitted to officers he has been sober for 18 years, but on Friday night he “drank a pint.” Luttrell also admitted to ramming his truck into the courthouse in hopes his actions would help at least one person in their dealings with the Office of Veterans Affairs.

Lawrence County Commissioners responded to the scene to assess the damage at the courthouse and make arrangements to secure it pending repairs.

It should be noted that the Lawrence County Veteran’s Affairs Offices is directly down the stairs through the entrance that was damaged in the incident.