Student arrested after driving car into Francis Howell Central High School entrance

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) updated after arrest - Cottleville Police have arrested a student for driving a vehicle into Francis Howell Central High School, Wednesday morning. 

In the video above you can see photos of the black SUV inside the school, which smashed through two sets of glass doors in the school's entrance, located at 5199 State Highway N in St. Charles, around 3:45 a.m. 

The black SUV was still inside the school as of 8:30 a.m.

Classes were cancelled due to safety concerns, but the Francis Howell School District says the school will reopen on Thursday. However, the main entrance will be closed off, so students and staff should enter through the gymnasium or theatre entrance until the front doors are repairs.

The vehicle being removed from @FrancisHowell Central High. @kmoxnews

— Brian Kelly (@Brpkelly) April 24, 2019

Cottleville Police told KMOX the vehicle still had gas in its tank and that's why it was such a safety concern.

The district says no one was hurt in the incident.

The student ran off according to school officials, but was later caught. Officials say the student was taken to a hospital, but it is still unclear why the student did this.

Student drove into @FrancisHowell Central High School. Ran off. Was caught. @kmoxnews

— Brian Kelly (@Brpkelly) April 24, 2019

Another look at the damage at @FrancisHowell Central High. @kmoxnews

— Brian Kelly (@Brpkelly) April 24, 2019

District Spokesman Matt Deichmann tells KMOX the car hit the double glass doors at a high rate of speed, sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. The impact spread glass and twisted metal inside the entrance. 

The district first alerted the public via a tweet, saying the high schoo would be closed today due to a "facility accident."

UPDATE 8:10 AM: FHC is closed today due to a vehicle that struck the building. The building is closed to allow for clean up and to secure the building.Saeger Middle School is open for class as normal today.

— FrancisHowell (@FrancisHowell) April 24, 2019

FRANCIS HOWELL CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS AND STAFF: Due to a facility accident, school will not be held at Francis Howell Central High School today, April 24, 2019. Check your email later today for more information.

— FrancisHowell (@FrancisHowell) April 24, 2019

KMOX will update this story as more information becomes available.

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