St. Louis polling place moved after man crashed car into building

ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) - A polling place in north St. Louis has been moved because of a man who crashed his car into the building, then went inside and started cursing, fighting, and damaging tables, chairs and voting machines.

No one was injured in the incident and police took the man into custody, but it took nearly an hour before voters could be redirected to another polling place, said St. Louis Election Director Gary Stoff.

“I don’t think there was anything about his voting -- at least he didn’t give any indication — that caused him to explode the way he did,” Stoff said.

There's a sign outside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church that directs voters to the nearby Pierre Laclede Junior Career Academy because of the incident. 

"He was fighting some of the guys that were trying to hold him," said one eye witness. "They had to take him on down because he was fighting them hard. He was trying to leave and they said, 'Oh no, you ain't going no where.'"

The man was taken by police to a hospital for evaluation.

It’s unclear whether the unusual incident scared anyone away from voting. 

Missouri was among several states holding presidential primaries on Tuesday, along with Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota and Washington. Former Vice President Biden was looking to build upon the momentum from last week’s primary victories in what has become essentially a head-to-head battle with Vermont Sen. Sanders.

But Missouri has a recent history of close Democratic primaries. In 2016, Sanders lost by fewer than 2,000 votes to eventual Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Reporting by KMOX's Michael Calhoun
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