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New Louisiana Capitol security system snares lawmaker's car

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BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) -

One Louisiana lawmaker had a particularly rough first day of the 2015 legislative session.

Rep. Paul Hollis, a Covington Republican, says he was inching his Audi A8 through a Capitol parking lot exit when a brand new security system engaged, shooting two pylons through the front of his car, damaging the automobile.

Hollis says he hit his windshield and his air bag deployed. He cut his wrist in the accident, shattered the face of his watch and was shaken up, but otherwise says he's OK.

Of the new security system, Hollis says: "It's definitely got pros and cons."

Meghan Parrish, a spokeswoman for the Division of Administration, could not immediately say who would pay for the damage or why the system - part of a $5 million upgrade - activated.

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