Capitol Police Detonate 'Suspicious Vehicle' After Crash With Police Cruiser

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

Emergency crews rushed to the scene at about 1.30pm local time, with U.S. media reporting the vehicle struck a police auto before it crashed into a barrier near the Library of Congress.

As police investigated the crash, they warned Capitol Hill staff and others via email that they may soon hear a loud bang or pop as police worked to "disrupt the vehicle's trunk". Capitol Police warned there could be a loud noise as police "disrupt" the trunk of the auto.

Police told Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. that the individual operating the second vehicle was sent to the hospital while the officer inside the cruiser suffered minor injuries.

News4's Derrick Ward is at the scene.

The driver suffered minor injuries in the incident at about 1.30pm local time - 6.30pm United Kingdom time.

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The driver, whose identity has not been released by officials, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon-vehicle, assaulting a police officer (felony), aggravated reckless driving, and no valid permit.

Independence Avenue SE is closed between Washington Avenue and Third Street.

Second street, which runs behind the Library of Congress and Supreme Court, was also shut down. Pennsylvania Avenue SE is closed between Third Street and Second Street.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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