Driver charged after truck crash near White House

The driver of a truck that crashed into security barriers near the White House on Monday night has been arrested.

He has been charged with various offences including reckless driving.

A Secret Service official said there were no injuries and initial investigations suggested the crash might have been intentional.

The driver, a 19-year-old Missouri man, allegedly made threatening statements aimed at President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.

US Park Police, which has jurisdiction over Lafayette Square, a site in front of the White House, have named the suspect as Sai Varshith Kandula, a resident of Chesterfield, Missouri.

He has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, a threat to kill, kidnap or inflict harm on a president, vice-president or family member, as well as destruction of federal property and trespassing.

Citing a law enforcement source, CBS, the BBC’s US partner, reported that Mr Kandula is a US citizen who was not on any police watch lists. He is not believed to have any significant criminal record.



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