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Crashers in the 'hood during state dinner

Crashers in the 'hood during state dinner
Tareq and Michaele Salahi the House Homeland Security Committee's hearing on "the United States secret Service and presidential Protection: An Examination of a System Failure", on Capitol Hill, January 20, 2010, in Washington,D.C. The Salahis allegedly gate-crashed the White House's State Dinner for India last year, and were photographed with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The couple invoked the Fifth Amendment and did not answer questions. UPI/Mike Theiler | License Photo

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- The Secret Service says it ran into none other than reputed party-crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi during Wednesday's White House state dinner.

The Washington-area socialites were riding in a limousine that was stopped by uniformed agents just two blocks from the White House where President Obama was hosting his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, at the swank affair.

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CNN Thursday quoted the Secret Service as saying the Salahi limo blew a red light and then attempted to enter a restricted parking area near the White House. The agent gave the driver a ticket and sent the vehicle on its way.

The Salahis caused a huge Beltway fuss in November when they seemingly waltzed through security and into the state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, reportedly as a stunt for an upcoming television reality show.

The Salahis contend they were invited to the dinner. They were definitely invited to answer questions at a congressional hearing on their escapades.

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