Last night we had just turned the light off to go to bed at about 11:30 when I heard a big bang out on the square. Our apartment is generally soundproof from the average weekend noise, so to hear something that loud is pretty rare. The last time I got out of bed right away for a noise like that was when someone punched through our front window. I got Julie up and we went and looked out the windows and saw that someone had driven his car through the middle of the square, taking out 3 or 4 bollards, bouncing off the Christmas tree, and coming to rest with a really badly damaged car at the other side of the square. Luckily no one was hurt, including the driver. The police were there by the time we got to the window (less than 30 seconds), and they quickly grabbed the driver and threw him in the back of their car. They dragged him out a little later for a field sobriety test that he didn’t seem to pass. The planners who put the tree up had foresight to make a tree stand out of 3 feet of concrete, so the tree remained standing, although it didn’t help the car much. Last week someone was arrested for peeing on the tree, so it’s had an exciting couple of weeks since they put it up.