TOPEKA, Kan. — A Topeka, Kansas man is facing charges of criminal desecration following a crash that ran over the Fallen Officers Memorial in front of the Law Enforcement Center.

Topeka Police say Maicol G. Garcia-Soto, 27, of Topeka, ran a red light at S.E. 4th Street and S.E. Quincy Street, went northbound through the parking lot and ran over the Fallen Officers Memorial causing significant damage.

Maicol G. Garcia-Soto (Courtesy Photo/Shawnee County Detention Center)

The memorial is between the Topeka Police Department and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office front doors.

According to police, after he hit the memorial, Garcia-Soto reversed his vehicle and hit another building in the 400 block of S.E. Quincy.

The crash happened Sunday just after 9:30 p.m. The call came into police as a vehicle injury crash.

Garcia Soto was booked into the Shawnee County Detention Center on the following charges:

  • Criminal Desecration
  • Felony Criminal damage
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Battery on LEO
  • Felony Interference
  • Red Light Violation
  • Unsafe Backing
  • Driving on the sidewalk
  • Improper Turn

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