​Car crashes into CNN headquarters in Atlanta

A Mercedes Benz convertible wound up in the lobby of CNN Center in downtown Atlanta early Friday, June 13, 2014.


ATLANTA - A motorist is facing charges after police say he crashed a car into a lobby at CNN Center, the news network's headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

Authorities said a Mercedes Benz shattered the glass entryway on the building's north side around 4:15 a.m. Friday.

It came to rest in the middle of the lobby, several yards away from any of CNN's offices.

Atlanta police officer John Chafee said the driver is being charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and marijuana possession. Chafee said the driver, whose name wasn't released, told police he had smoked marijuana earlier.

Chafee said there were no reported injuries.

CBS Affiliate WGCL correspondent Rebekka Schramm reports that right before authorities towed the vehicle away, police allowed a woman -- who was apparently a passenger in the car -- to remove some possessions from the Mercedes, including several boxes and a flat-screen TV.

When asked by Schramm if she would talk about what happened, the woman replied, "If you give me some money, I will."

By 7 a.m., workers were sweeping up glass shards. A section of glass of around 10 feet high and about 15 feet long was completely gone.