The White House was put on lockdown Friday afternoon after a vehicle hit a security barrier near the building, the Secret Service said. However, the driver did not breach the White House security complex itself.
BREAKING: An individual driving a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier near the White House at 17th & E.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) February 23, 2018
CBS News' Major Garrett said the incident was nowhere near the White House itself, reporting it was "not close to the North Lawn of the White House. Not close to Pennsylvania Avenue."
"This vehicle was not anywhere close to the White House itself," @MajorCBS reports on car striking security barrier. "Not close to the North Lawn of the White House. Not close to Pennsylvania Avenue." https://t.co/wSdoG1nmny pic.twitter.com/UA4SfFlM5k— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 23, 2018
The Secret Service also said no law enforcement personnel were hurt during the incident and no shots were fired. "The vehicle did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex," the agency added.
UPDATE: The female driver of the vehicle was immediately apprehended by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) February 23, 2018
"The female driver of the vehicle was immediately apprehended by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers," the Secret Service added.
UPDATE: No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident involving a vehicle hitting a barrier near the White House.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) February 23, 2018
A law enforcement source told CNN the diver is believed to have mental issues. The sources said it is not believed that she intentionally targeted the president.
President Donald Trump has been busy on Friday. First, he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland, then held a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. It was the first time Trump answered questions from journalists in a formal setting in over a month.
Trump was still at the White House at the time of the incident.