Driver Crashes Vehicle Into White House
The Secret Service announced that a driver crashed his vehicle into a White House gate on Monday evening.
Chief of Communications for the United States Secret Service Anthony Guglielmi announced the incident on X, adding that Secret Service agents arrested the driver and are investigating the crash.
“Shortly before 6 p.m., a vehicle collided with an exterior gate on the White House complex. The driver has been taken into custody & we are investigating the cause & manner of the collision, Guglielmi added. “Expect traffic implications at 15th Street & Pennsylvania Ave & adjacent intersections.”
President Joe Biden was not at the White House at the time of the crash as he was traveling from South Carolina to Texas to pay respects to the late Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).
“UPDATE: The vehicle has been cleared by Washington DC Police Department and traffic closures will be lifted,” Guglielmi wrote in an update. “Driver remains in custody and our investigation continues. Special thanks to @DCPoliceDept @dcfireems for your unwavering support and partnership.”
UPDATE: The vehicle has been cleared by Washington DC Police Department and traffic closures will be lifted. Driver remains in custody and our investigation continues. Special thanks to @DCPoliceDept @dcfireems for your unwavering support and partnership.
— Anthony Guglielmi (@SecretSvcSpox) January 9, 2024
The incident comes just a few weeks after another driver crashed his vehicle into a parked SUV that was part of President Biden’s motorcade. The president’s motorcade was outside his Delaware campaign headquarters when a silver sedan smashed into a black SUV belonging to the U.S. Secret Service. Biden, who was heading to his vehicle, was responding to a question from one of the people waiting outside when the crash happened.
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Secret Service Agents rushed the startled president into his vehicle where First Lady Jill Biden was already waiting.
Heavily armed agents surrounded the vehicle with their weapons drawn and demanded the driver show his hands. The Secret Service SUV was being used to close off the intersections near the headquarters prior to the president’s departure.
Secret Service spokesperson Steve Kopek told CNN that the crash was not intentional and that it had been raining heavily in the area just before the accident.
Wilmington Police Department Communications Director David Karas revealed that their investigation revealed that the crash was accidental.
Karas revealed that the driver, a 46-year-old Wilmington man, was charged with Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and Inattentive Driving.