An unidentified vehicle has attempted to enter the White House illegally, the US secret service revealed via Twitter.
According to the service, the vehicle attempted to enter the complex by tailing another legally entering the premises via a checkpoint. The service added that the vehicle was later pulled over and the individual driving it was immediately detained and taken into custody.
An unauthorized vehicle attempted to gain entry to the White House complex by following another vehicle that was lawfully entering at an external complex checkpoint.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) November 21, 2019
The vehicle was stopped and the individual was immediately taken into custody by Secret Service U.D. Officers. pic.twitter.com/ex406WNK87
According to footage from local TV station Fox 5, the police were searching a black Mercedes-Benz SUV.
Earlier, the federal law enforcement agency reported that it was responding to “a suspicious vehicle”.
Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers are responding to a suspicious vehicle.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) November 21, 2019
Road Closures - 17th from NY Ave to H Street.
- Pennsylvania Ave. from 17th to 18th Street.
- 15th to 17th street (including Lafayette Park) to pedestrian traffic. pic.twitter.com/5lnr2r3uGO
The service announced that several roads were closed in relation to the incident and that traffic will remain shut for an unspecified period of time.