Truck hits barrier near White House, driver charged

A man has been charged with five counts, including assault with a dangerous weapon.

The driver of a rental van that collided with a security barrier near the White House on Monday has been arrested and charged, law enforcement officials said.

The U-Haul truck crashed around 10 p.m. on the north side of Lafayette Square near the White House, officials said.

An adult male suspect, who has not been publicly identified, has been charged with five counts, including assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, trespassing and destruction of federal property, a U.S. Park Police said.

He was also charged with threatening to kill, kidnap or harm a president, vice president or their families, police said.

The U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement are investigating a rented van truck that crashed into security barriers at Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, May 23, 2023.

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No Secret Service or White House personnel were injured, said Secret Service spokesman Anthony Gugliemi. A declaration.

A “preliminary investigation reveals the driver may have intentionally hit” the barrier, he said.

The truck was cleared to contain potential explosives, a law enforcement official said.

Park police confirmed to ABC News that the investigation is still ongoing.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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