Secret Service Detains Driver of 'Suspicious' Car Near White House Grounds

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Chaffetz called the Secret Service's response to the episode a "complete and utter, total failure", recalling that the incident was not the first such instance of someone vaulting the White House fence.

United States authorities have arrested a person who drove to a White House checkpoint last night and claimed to have a bomb, CNN reports.

A man has been arrested after reportedly approaching a checkpoint near the White House in a vehicle and claiming to have a bomb. A person earlier jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the building, but was unable to scale a fence into the grounds before being tackled by guards.

The individual, who was not identified, was "immediately apprehended" before reaching the White House fence, said Mason Brayman, a Secret Service spokesman. The "rack" Spicer referenced is a barrier lower than the spiked fence that marks the north side of the complex.

The network also reported that Tran was spotted "looming around" Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue, where the White House is located, almost six hours before his arrest. There have been no details given on specifically what caused the vehicle to be considered suspicious, but the Secret Service has said it's investigating the matter.

There is an "on-going criminal investigation", the spokesperson told reporters.

President Trump was reportedly in the White House at the time of the incident, which took place on the evening of March 10.

The arrest came about a week after a more serious incident that called into question security outside the White House.

Several streets around the White House have been closed, and the situation is ongoing. President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts in foreign aid could mark the retreat of USA support for South Sudan, a nation America enthusiastically helped to create.

The man had a document he wanted to give to someone at the White House and wasn't carrying a weapon, CNN reported citing law enforcement.

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