Boulder police arrest employee accused of intentionally driving car into BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

PD: Man wanted to sound alert on gov. conspiracies

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder police say they arrested an employee of BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse after he told officers he intentionally drove his car through the front door of the restaurant "to alert the public of government conspiracies."

Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel told the Daily Camera the crash happened about 2:46 a.m. Monday at the restaurant, located at 1690 28th St.

Arriving officers found 23-year-old Daniel Chaires, who had driven his brown sedan through B.J.'s revolving entrance door, "lounging" in the vehicle with his hands behind his head and the seat reclined, according to a police report cited by the Camera.

Officers said a "disoriented" Chaires told them he was under the influence of drugs, Kobel said.

Chaires told police he purposely drove into the building to alert the public of government conspiracies, but he did not elaborate, the Camera reported. The man added that he didn't intend to hurt himself or anyone else.

Kobel said the one employee who was in the restaurant during the crash was not injured, Kobel said.

Chaires was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless driving and felony criminal mischief for property damage estimated at between $1,000 and $20,000, court records said.

He remained in custody at the Boulder County Jail on Monday afternoon with bond set at $2,000.

A relative at Chaires' Boulder home was stunned to learn of the man's arrest on Monday afternoon from 7NEWS photojournalist James Dougherty.

The relative said Chaires had only worked as a cook at BJ's for a few months, but liked the restaurant. The relative said Chaires had gone out with friends after work. 

Chaires has no prior record of arrest in Colorado. Chaires was previously cited in 2008 in Boulder for careless driving and driving without a license, court records state. Those charges were reduced to turning without signaling.

In another traffic violation in December 2009, Chaires pleaded guilty to driving without insurance, according to court records. Prosecutors dismissed a driver's license instruction permit violation and a fictitious license plate registration offense.