Secret Service detain man who drove to WH checkpoint, allegedly announced he had a car bomb

Secret Service detain man who drove to WH checkpoint, allegedly announced he had a car bomb
A man was arrested over the weekend after driving to a checkpoint near the White House and reportedly declaring that he had a bomb in his car. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

An unnamed man was detained by the Secret Service late Saturday night after he drove his car to a White House checkpoint about a quarter mile from the White House and claimed to have a bomb inside his car.

According to CNN, there was no immediate indication whether or not the man had a device in his car, but law enforcement shut down the area around the checkpoint and upgraded security at the White House while bomb technicians inspected the vehicle.

In a statement, the Secret Service confirmed that at 11:05 p.m. EST Saturday, an individual drove his car to a checkpoint near the White House where the Secret Service detained the man and “declared his vehicle suspicious.”

“In accordance with proper protocols, Secret Service personnel increased their posture of readiness,” the statement read. “Due to the fact that this is an on-going criminal investigation, the Secret Service will not provide any further details at this time.”

At the time of the incident, President Donald Trump was not at the White House. He is spending the weekend with his family at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

The incident was not the first on Saturday. Earlier in the day, a man was detained by the Secret Service after he jumped a bicycle rack in front of the White House. According to CNN, the man did not have a weapon and was carrying a document that he wanted to deliver to the president. He also never made it to the White House fence.

The incidents come after a man was arrested on March 10 for breaching the White House security rings by jumping three separate fences to find himself on the White House grounds for 16 minutes. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the man, identified as Jonathan Tran, was so close to the White House that he was able to see through windows and rattle the handle to a White House door.

Chaffetz has since launched an investigation into that incident.

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