Columbia man allegedly does $100000 in damage during Mizzou Arena joy ride

Police: Man crashes Volkswagen onto Mizzou Arena court, causing estimated $100k in damage

A 23-year-old (presumably former) University of Missouri employee drove his Volkswagen Passat through a gate outside Mizzou Arena early Sunday morning. He ran through a garage door and drove into a dock area where he damaged several golf carts that were stored in the area.

Unable to get back through the gate the vehicle originally plowed through, the driver smashed through a second gate - 'the press gate in the back, ' Weimer said - before fleeing the scene. Weimer said Conant turned himself in after being contacted. The auto made it on to the Mizzou Arena court.

Police say it happened just after 4:00am Sunday and say they were first notified around 7:15am for reports of damage.

Police estimate Conant's alleged crash course through the facility caused at least $100,000 in damage.


Conant was arrested on suspicion of burglary and property damage.

He posted bail of $4,500 for the burglary charge and $6,000 for the property damage charge, according to the Boone County sheriff's arrest log. 'Those gates are extremely expensive'.

Conant, who enrolled at Mizzou in 2013 and graduated with a degree in English in December 2016, is listed as an events assistant for the SEC Network on the Mizzou student directory.

Although it wasn't originally known if Conant still held that position with the university, Matter later confirmed through a university spokesperson that Conant "is no longer employed by Mizzou".

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