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Published May 03, 2013, 05:25 PM

A Mercedes car drove right through the front doors of Cass County Jail

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A bizarre scene this morning at the Cass County Jail, after a Mercedes car drove right through the front doors. Authorities called the bomb squad for help.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A bizarre scene this morning at the Cass County Jail, after a Mercedes car drove right through the front doors. Authorities called the bomb squad for help.

59-year-old Thomas Siavash of Fargo was issued a summons for Reckless Driving and Driving Under Suspension.

His license was suspended for a DUI in February.

The doors to the front of the jail have already been replaced, but this morning they were completely shattered, after Siavash drove his car through them this morning around 6:45.

He was on his way to the jail for the 24/7 program, which requires him to take a breathalyzer twice a day.

The Cass County Jail went into lockdown mode after a Mercedes car came crashing into the lobby.

Paul Laney- Cass County Sheriff: "I received a phone call that somebody had driven right through the front doors of the Cass County Jail.”

Thomas Siavash was there for his twice-daily breathalyzer, part of the 24/7 program.

According to authorities, he did not say anything to indicate a threat.

But the fact that the car went directly through the double glass doors made the scene look suspicious.

With 205 inmates and 30 staff members inside, they weren't taking any chances.

LT. Gene Anderson- Fargo Police Department: "You have to be sensitive to the fact that these inmates can't just leave."

They called in the bomb squad to take a closer look.

Bomb squad robots checked out the car but found no explosives.

Nevertheless, Sheriff Paul Laney says he's glad they took the extra precaution.

Laney: "It's the sign of our times. After what happened in Boston and what happens around the world, when a car goes that perfectly through our doors, we have to think 'car bomb'."

Fargo Police say it doesn't appear alcohol was a factor, nor do they believe the act was intentional.

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