White House on lockdown after a van “intentionally” plows into a security barrier

A white minivan that rammed a White House security barricade along 17th st at E st NW in Washington DC on Feb. 23, 2018 (Twitter/@fox5dc)

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The White House was placed “on lockdown” after a car described as a “passenger vehicle” rammed a security barrier at 17th and E St. in Washington DC.

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CNN has reported that the strike was “intentional,” though not a strike directed at President Donald Trump or White House staff. Eyewitnesses report that the suspect continued to try to drive even after hitting the barricade, burning tires as she ignored commands to stop.

The Secret Service says no law enforcement officers were injured in the strike. The driver, identified as a 35-year-old female from LaVergne, Tennessee, has been detained, per the Secret Service. The vehicle did not breach a White House barrier.

She has been charged and handed over to the custody of Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department. The vehicle was examined by a Secret Service Explosives Ordnance Disposal team, according to ABC News.

Hours earlier, President Donald Trump held a joint press conference at the White House with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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