Several streets near the U.S. Capitol were closed for more than 90 minutes on Monday as police investigated a suspicious vehicle on Independence Avenue in Southeast Washington. The crash occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. An erratically-driven vehicle almost missed a Capitol Police cruiser parked on Independence Avenue, but a second vehicle slammed into the cruiser.
It remains unclear whether the two cars or their drivers were related in any way to each other.
Authorities said the suspect crashed a vehicle into the patrol cruiser and a barrier at Second Street and Independence Avenue SE at about 11:45 a.m.
Footage of the incident posted just after 2 p.m. contains a loud boom, presumably from the "disruption". They said the suspect has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting a police officer and aggravated reckless driving.
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Capitol Police said there was no evidence to indicate any nexus to terrorism.
The driver of the second vehicle was injured and taken to the hospital.
One auto nearly struck the police vehicle, according to reports, while another auto did crash into the cruiser.
This is a developing news story.