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Driver says car was going 70 mph when he struck the Columbus convention center
Columbus first responders on the scene of a car into the Greater Columbus Convention Center. (WSYX)

The driver of a Tesla claimed his brakes went out and he was going 70 mph when he struck the Greater Columbus Convention Center, according to an accident report.

The car belongs to the Yellow Cab Company. The driver, 63-year-old Frantz Jules, told police his brakes went out on SR-315 and he exited onto Vine Street where he drove through a red light and into the convention center. 

The driver, according to the report, said his car stayed at a steady speed of 70 mph.

Three witnesses told police it appeared that he sped up before the light. None of the witnesses reported seeing any signs of braking, the report said.

No one was injured in the crash and the driver was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

The convention center estimated the crash caused $250,000 to $350,000 in damage including drywall, sprinkler system, power lines, carpeting, and wall coverings.

They estimated it would be two weeks before guests could use the affected space. Complete restoration will reportedly take three months.

Officers cited the driver for failure to control. The report said drugs and alcohol were not suspected.

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