UPDATE, 1.25pm: Council manager of property services Daniella McClure said the boom gate's lock had been tampered with.
It resulted in the gate being left swinging.
"The city was informed (of the incident) this morning by Victoria Police," she said.
"In this instance, it appears someone has tampered with the lock and the gate has been left swinging. As the driver turned to go up the ramp, they have driven into the gate."
Ms McClure confirmed the gate was installed to manage anti-social behaviour.
Council and Coles are in discussions about should be responsible for ensuring the gate is locked.
"The city is currently in discussions with Coles regarding who will have the responsibility of opening and closing the gate," Ms McClure said.
"Until it is agreed who will open and close the gate, the gate has been kept in a locked, open position."
The gate has been removed after CFA cut it to remove it from the car last night.
A similar incident at the Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve was the result of a malfunctioning gate.
Following that incident council reviewed gates at other sporting facilities in the region.
"The city undertook a review of all similar gates used across our sporting reserves to ensure that the locks were working securely," Ms McClure said.
UPDATE, 11.20am: A City of Greater Bendigo spokesperson said council is investigating the incident.
"The city installed and is responsible for the gate, and is investigating how this incident occurred," the spokesperson said.
Councill agreed to install the gates at the car park after a kangaroo was mutilated on the second storey of the building.
Installation of the gates was and effort to help deter bad behaviour at the car park.
EARLIER: A car park gate crashed through a car's front window in Bendigo on Thursday night.
Leading Senior Constable Peter Dyer said the gate at the Lyttleton Terrace car park had been left unsecured for an unknown amount of time.
The female driver was driving her vehicle up the ramp in the car park when the gate crashed through the front window. The driver escaped without injury.
The Country Fire Authority was called to removed to gate about 10.20pm.
Leading Senior Constable Dyer said the woman was not at fault in the incident. Police will be discussing the crash with council.
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