Person in custody after incident at White House gates: Secret Service

The Secret Service said an unidentified driver was taken into custody after a suspicious vehicle approached a checkpoint, but made no mention of any claims of an explosive device. The CNN reporter on the scene said on Twitter that a member of the bomb squad was inspecting items in the car's boot.

USA broadcaster CNN has reported a security incident near the White House in Washington DC late on Saturday, citing law enforcement officials.

The incident occurred at the vehicle check point at 15th and E Streets NW. "In accordance with proper protocols, Secret Service personnel increased their posture of readiness", he added.

The episode was the second scare to hit the White House on Saturday, after a person earlier jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the residence. The suspect was stopped and detained immediately.

It was the third security incident outside the White House in eight days.

Trump was inside the executive mansion at the time.

Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz dubbed the incident "a total and complete embarrassment".

According to the Washington Post, that man, who is from northern California, was carrying a backpack and two cans of mace. The intruder jumped three separate fences: a 5-foot perimeter fence near the Treasury Building, an 8-foot vehicle gate and another 3½-foot fence near the East Wing.

US President Donald Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida at the time of the incident. Sean Patrick Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke, Va., reportedly drove up in a stolen Chevy Impala and told Secret Service officials "there's a bomb in the trunk" while clasping an unidentified object in his hand.

He praised the Secret Service for doing a "fantastic job" apprehending a "troubled person".

  • Larry Hoffman