Washingoton Post: Vehicle crashed into barrier, police cruiser near U.S. Capitol, authorities say17 July 2017 | 23:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Police used explosives to open the vehicle’s trunk and, after a long investigation that disrupted traffic, determined that there was nothing suspicious inside.
“The vehicle was cleared with negative results,” Capitol police said in a statement, adding, “There is no evidence to indicate any nexus to terrorism at this time.”
A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police said the vehicle’s driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The spokeswoman said he has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony assault on a police officer, aggravated reckless driving and driving without a permit.
His name was not immediately released.
The incident occurred about 11:45 a.m. at Independence Avenue and Second Street SE. Authorities said a Capitol Police officer was slightly injured in the crash and also was taken to a hospital for treatment. He has been released.
Police evacuated people in a nearby coffee shop and blocked off several streets. All roads except Independence Avenue between Second and Third streets reopened shortly before 3:30 p.m.
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