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Driver arrested after car crashes into defense contractor building in Kearny Mesa

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Posted at 5:35 AM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 02:16:59-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Police arrested a man Wednesday who investigators believe deliberately crashed into the side of a Kearny Mesa building belonging to defense contractor Raytheon.

The driver of the car, 36-year-old Daniel Mackinnon, was identified and arrested Wednesday afternoon, police said. Investigators believe he intentionally set the car on fire and said he will face arson-related charges.

Mackinnon's home at 35th St. and Orange Avenue near City Heights was searched as part of a federal arson statute, police said.

Around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, San Diego police and firefighters responded to reports of a vehicle fire at the building at 8650 Balboa Ave.

Upon arrival, crews found a Toyota Prius partially wedged into the side of the building and on fire. The driver was nowhere to be found.

Firefighters were able to knock the fire down in about 15 minutes. The blaze caused minimal damage to the building and no one was injured.

Police said a “secure lab” located on the other side of the wall from the crash seemingly withstood the impact and prevented the Prius from completely driving through the structure.

Investigators determined that the Prius was stolen. Police have contacted the owner of the vehicle, 10News learned.

Agents and officers from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the San Diego Police Metro Arson Strike Team assisted in the investigation.