Parishioners inside Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Monday were unharmed when a motorist police say was intoxicated slammed into the church's front doors. The incident happened about a half hour before students began arriving at adjacent Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School.
A deacon at the church tells The Advertiser the glass doors, imported from Italy and original to the 1950s-built church, were destroyed. Parishioners and staff quickly covered the damage with plywood.
The driver, 47-year-old Christopher Guillot, remains in jail on several charges including OWI, aggravated criminal damage to property and resisting an officer. A Lafayette Police Department spokesman says narcotics were a factor in the crash.