Driver of 'suspicious' vehicle detained at White House checkpoint

By Brooks Hays   |   March 19, 2017 at 9:07 AM
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March 19 (UPI) -- It was a busy Saturday White House Secret Service officers. After snagging an attempted fence-jumper early in the day, officers apprehended the driver of a 'suspicious' vehicle late Saturday night.

The man was arrested after driving his car up to a Secret Service checkpoint at 15th and E Street NW.

"Upon contact with the individual, U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division Officers detained the individual and declared his vehicle suspicious," a Secret Service spokesperson said.

There is an "on-going criminal investigation," the spokesperson told reporters.

No details about why the vehicle was declared suspicious, or what if any contraband was recovered during the vehicle search, were given. However, two law enforcement officers told CNN the driver claimed he had a bomb inside the vehicle.

The spokesperson said no other information would be provided until the ongoing investigation is concluded.

Earlier on Saturday, a man was detained after jumping over bike rack barricade and approaching the White House fence.

Saturday's incidents come just a little more than a week after a 26-year-old man named Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran successful scaled a White House fence, spending 17 minutes on White House grounds before being arrested by Secrete Service officers near the South Portico entrance. The man, who hails from California and said he had an "appointment" with President Trump, was released under court-ordered monitoring this week.

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