Car strikes gate outside Stephen King's Maine home

August 30, 2010

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BANGOR, Maine—A security fence outside of Maine horror author Stephen King's home was damaged after a driver crashed into it when she swerved to avoid an oncoming car that veered into her lane, police said Monday.

The custom-made, black iron fence could have sustained up to $100,000 in damages from Sunday's accident, a King employee told police. Nobody was injured.

The driver, Renee Harris, 25, of Alton was not ticketed, said Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards.

Over the years, a number of people have tried to reach King and some have gotten in trouble, but Edwards said there's nothing to indicate that Sunday's crash was malicious or intentional.

The best-selling author was not at home at the time of Sunday's accident, said spokeswoman Marsha DeFilippo.

In 1991, a man broke in while King's wife, author Tabitha King, was home alone at the distinctive home, which is surrounded by an iron fence and gates with gargoyles and interwoven designs of spiders and webs. She ran to a neighbor's house and called police.

In 2003, an illegal immigrant charged with stalking King was ordered removed from the U.S. He was arrested while sitting in a car across from King's home after he harassed the author and left notes on his mailbox asking to speak with him.

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