The Secret Service apprehended a driver Friday afternoon after she plowed her vehicle into a security barricade at a White House entrance.
Law enforcement sources told Fox News that the driver intentionally hit the barricade. But they did not describe it as an attack against the White House, saying the woman suffers from mental problems and the crash was not about President Trump.
The incident nevertheless caused the White House to increase security. It happened as President Trump was hosting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inside. The White House was on lockdown for about an hour.
Witnesses saw a commotion on the White House grounds as security officers responded.
The Secret Service later tweeted that the vehicle, a white minivan, “did not breach” the security barrier, and the female driver was “immediately apprehended.”
The woman is a 35-year-old from La Vergene, Tennessee and has had previous encounters with the Secret Service near the White House “resulting in numerous arrests for a variety of criminal violations,” the agency told The Associated Press.
She was charged with several violations and turned over to the District of Columbia police department, they said.
“No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident involving a vehicle hitting a barrier near the White House,” the Secret Service tweeted.
The Secret Service also said no shots were fired during the incident.
In a tweet Friday evening, President Trump commended “the great men and women of the” U.S. Secret Service “for a job well done!”
Fox News’ John Roberts, Jennifer Bowman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.