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Mich. Man Crashes Van Into Social Security Office

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TRAVERSE CITY (AP) – A man who said he was upset over his treatment by the government is accused of crashing his van into a Social Security Administration office in Traverse City.

Douglas McCallum, 47, of Kingsley rammed the van on Sunday night into the front of the office, which was closed, police said. He was arrested nearby for malicious destruction of property and was released from custody Monday.

“It was a fit of rage caused by years of being screwed over by the government,” McCallum told the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

McCallum said he was frustrated because officials continued to deny his disability claim after six years.

Formal charges were pending. McCallum wasn’t injured, police said.

According to police, McCallum ran over the office’s sign and positioned the van so the rear faced the office’s front entrance. A witness told police the van then crashed twice into the building before he got out.

Robert Simpson, who has worked 26 years for the Social Security Administration, said it’s the first time he’s seen a frustrated claimant act out violently.

“Most people are reasonable,” said Simpson, who manages the Traverse City office. “They have to meet the requirements of the law and if they don’t agree with the determination, they have appeal rights.”

The office opened for business as scheduled Tuesday, and visitors now must enter through a secure employee entrance. Repairs to the entrance and lobby are expected to take several weeks.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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