Man arrested for crashing truck into barrier near White House, carrying Nazi flag

A Nazi flag is seen in front of a box truck that crashed into a security barrier at a park across from the White House, Monday night, May 22, 2023 in Washington. (Screencapture/Twitter)
A Nazi flag is seen in front of a box truck that crashed into a security barrier at a park across from the White House, Monday night, May 22, 2023 in Washington. (Screencapture/Twitter)

US Police have arrested a man they believe intentionally crashed a U-Haul truck into a security barrier at a park across from the White House.

The box truck’s driver smashed into the barrier near the north side of Lafayette Square on Monday at around 10 p.m., Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says in a statement. No one was injured.

Officers from the Secret Service and the Metropolitan Police Department searched the truck after the crash. Video posted by WUSA-TV shows a police officer at the scene picking up and inventorying several pieces of evidence from the truck, including a Nazi flag.

Based on a preliminary investigation, investigators believe the driver “may have intentionally struck the security barriers at Lafayette Square,” Guglielmi says. Authorities offer no additional details about the possible motive and had not released the driver’s identity.

The US Park Police say the man was arrested on multiple charges, including threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict harm on a president, vice president or member of their family; assault with a dangerous weapon; reckless driving; destruction of federal property; and trespassing.

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