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

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 05:18:41-04

A 23-year-old MU employee has lost his job and now faces criminal charges after crashing into Mizzou Arena with a Volkswagen and driving the vehicle onto the court over the weekend.

Police confirmed Monday Nathaniel Conant turned himself in Sunday afternoon in connection to a joy ride on the University of Missouri campus in which he's accused of crashing through the Mizzou Arena media gate, through a second garage door and onto the basketball court. 

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

Major Brian Weimer with MUPD says the driver went through a garage door in the back dock area and damaged several golf carts before heading onto the court, where the tires left skid marks in multiple places.

After exiting through the same dock entrance, the driver is accused of smashing through a second gate near the stadium and fleeing.

Conant is a December 2016 university graduate, and had a job with the university until this incident.

A spokesperson confirmed to the Kansas City Star that Conant had worked in a behind-the-scenes media role for the Tigers' athletics department. 

The suspect apparently turned himself a few hours after police learned of the incident, and authorities have since charged him with second-degree burglary and first-degree property damage. He posted $10,500 bond and the jail released him Sunday night. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.