NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Police say a man has been charged for crashing his car into the New Bern post office early Friday morning.
According to the New Bern Police Department, 42-year-old Charles Dietz, of New Bern, crashed his Jaguar into the post office at 1851 S. Glenburnie Rd. The two front doors were smashed.
The crash was discovered at 4:20 a.m. Friday, said Lt. Rhonda Allen of New Bern Police. No one was hurt.
At first, Dietz denied being the driver, said Lt. Allen. But after an officer told him there were security cameras, he admitted he was behind the wheel, Lt. Allen explained.
Some post office customers were surprised by the damage.
"Coming to get my morning mail and was wondering, thought they was renovating the building," Donald Ellis said.
Others thought it might be weather related. Rebecca Koehler and Teruko Kolanchick were dropping off a letter Friday.
"We thought lightning hit it," Koehler said.
Dietz has been charged with felony damage to property, hit and run, careless and reckless driving, and filing a false police report.
The last charge is due to Dietz filing a stolen vehicle report at 2:52 a.m. Friday, said Lt. Allen.
Dietz was placed in Craven County Jail under $25,000 secured bond.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Dietz has several past convictions of DWI and driving while license revoked.
Despite the damage, the post office is open for business. A representative with the post office said the building is structurally safe. A few weeks ago, another vehicle crashed into the same post office, the representative said. Damage was visible from outside the post office for that crash as well.
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