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Vehicle strikes security barrier by White House, driver apprehended

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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 remained on lockdown for about an hour.

The driver was identified as Jessica Ford, a law enforcement source confirmed to Fox News. The woman is 35 years old and from La Vergene, Tennessee, according to a statement from the Secret Service.

A Secret Service officer checks a white passenger vehicle that struck a security barrier that guards the southwest entrance to the White House grounds off of 17th Street n Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A Secret Service officer checks a white passenger vehicle that struck a security barrier guarding the southwest entrance to the White House grounds off of 17th Street n Washington on Friday.

 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“The Secret Service has had previous encounters with the female in the vicinity of the White House resulting in numerous arrests for a variety of criminal violations,” the statement said.

She was charged Friday “with numerous criminal violations” and turned over to the District of Columbia police department.

The incident happened as President Trump was hosting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inside.

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.”

“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. 



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EU power grab: Chilling analysis show how bloc dominates lives of its citizens

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THE European Union is now a “powerful beast” which dominates all aspects of the lives of the 400 million people who live within its member states, a sobering new analysis has shown.

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Biden to announce U.S. has delivered more than 100 million Covid shots abroad

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will announce Tuesday that his administration has delivered more than 100 million Covid vaccine doses abroad — more than the donations of all other countries combined, the White House said.

“Today’s announcement is a fulfillment of his promise and a significant down payment on hundreds of millions of more doses that the U.S. will deliver in the coming weeks,” the White House said.

The announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. reaching Biden’s goal of getting 70 percent of American adults at least one Covid shot, which the president had hoped to reach on the Fourth of July.

The U.S. has now donated and shipped more than 110 million doses of its vaccines to more than 60 countries, “a major milestone that cements the United States as the global leader in COVID-19 vaccine donations,” the White House said.

Biden is scheduled to speak about the vaccination efforts at 3:45p.m.

Earlier this year, Biden pledged to send 80 million doses of U.S.-approved shots to other countries, including 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. At the end of this month, the administration will begin shipping a half a billion Pfizer doses to 100 low-income countries, the White House said.

As of this week, about 181 million people in the U.S. ages 18 or older have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The milestone was reached as Covid cases are rising across the country, fueled by the more transmissible delta variant.

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Galloway slams caller's 'disaster communism' after saying UK should adopt one-child policy

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GEORGE Galloway lambasted a caller for suggesting the UK should adopt a one-child policy and believed he was also hinting the country should adopt communism after the politician began reading between the lines of his proposal.

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