US Capitol Police Officer Injured as Car Crashes Into Barrier

Pablo Tucker
July 18, 2017

Several streets were closed for almost four hours Monday and a coffeehouse was evacuated after a vehicle struck a barrier and a police auto near the Capitol, according to authorities.

A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police said the vehicle's driver, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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The suspect has been charged with assault with a deadline weapon-vehicle, assaulting a police officer, aggravated reckless driving and no valid permit.

The vehicle crashed around 11:45 the intersection of Independence Avenue and Second Street SE, according to Capitol Police spokesperson Eva Malecki.

Cops described "observing an erratic and aggressive" driver in the streets of Washington.

Authorities said at this time there was no indication that the crash was related to an act of terrorism.

Katherine Gypson, reporter for VOA, said: "Police continuing to investigate suspicious vehicle at Independence & 1st, just heard planned controlled detonation here on Capitol Hill".

One officer has received "multiple injuries" and has been taken to hospital. Most of the roads closed in connection with the investigation have been opened.

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