‘Confused’ driver causes White House alert

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iol pic wld White House Security~2 Associated Press A man is led away in handcuffs by uniformed Secret Service police officers after a car followed a motorcade through a barrier on Pennsylvania Avenue near the front of the White House. Picture: Evan Vucci

Washington - A driver unfamiliar with Washington, DC, appeared to have been lost and confused when he followed a motorcade carrying President Barack Obama's daughters through a White House checkpoint on Tuesday, a law enforcement source said.

“It appears at this point that the driver was confused, not familiar with DC, and essentially got lost and followed the car in front of him,” said the law enforcement source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

The unusual incident prompted a security lockdown at the White House. The driver, an Internal Revenue Service employee identified as Mathew Evan Goldstein, 55, was charged with unlawful entry, a misdemeanour offence.

Goldstein was released from custody on condition that he stay away from a large area surrounding the White House, about four by six blocks in size, according to court documents.

Charging documents from the DC Superior Court said Goldstein was driving a grey Honda Civic less than three metres from the final car in a motorcade carrying the Obama daughters, Sasha and Malia, as it turned into the White House security checkpoint on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17 Street NW.

The car was too close to raise barricades to prevent the car from entering, but Secret Service officials stopped the car and detained the driver. - Reuters


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