SAN JOSE -- A hospital janitor sustained minor injuries this morning when a man suspected of driving under the influence of drugs crashed through a window and into the main lobby at Valley Medical Center this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputy was finishing up some paperwork at the hospital's security office when he heard a loud crash just before 4 a.m., according to sheriff's Deputy Kurtis Stenderup. The deputy ran outside and was at the scene of the crash in a manner of seconds.

The driver, whose name was not released by the CHP, was arrested at the scene. The man, who is in his early 30s, was not injured.

The janitor was struck by debris and received minor injuries, according to CHP Officer Chris Falkowski. He was treated and released.

After crashing through the front window, the van made it completely into the lobby and came to a rest against a wall. There was no structural damage to the building, said hospital spokeswoman Joy Alexiou. Workers have already boarded up the shattered window with plywood.

"Fortunately nobody was seriously injured," Alexiou said, adding that the main lobby has little foot traffic at that time of the morning.

Alexiou said there are some barriers outside the main lobby, but those primarily serve as a barrier between the sidewalk and road traffic. Hospital officials are going to discuss reconfiguring the placement of the barriers to avoid such accidents in the future.


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Because Valley Medical Center is located in an unincorporated area of San Jose, the California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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