White House Locked Down After Vehicle Strikes Barrier

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The White House went on lockdown right away with no one allowed entry or exit.

The White House was on lock down for about an hour Friday after a passenger van struck a heavily guarded security barrier.

Cable news networks captured images of uniformed U.S. Secret Service Agents walking in the middle of Washington's 17th St. NW on the west side of the White House campus holding their firearms, fingers off but all positioned near the triggers.

A passenger vehicle intentionally hit a security barrier near the White House on Friday, a law enforcement source told CNN, though the Secret Service said the auto didn't breach the secure complex that surrounds the executive mansion.

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The incident was reportedly intentional and carried out by an unnamed female driver who did not manage to breach the security barrier.

Washington D.C. police identified the woman as 35-year-old Jessica R. Ford. They say they have arrested her before in that same area too. She pleaded guilty to a contempt of court charge and as part of a plea agreement, the charges for the May incident were dismissed.

CNN, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, said the action of driving into the barricade was not directed at the president or anyone at the White House and that mental health issues may have been a factor.

"Before the big crash, 10 to 15 minutes before, we were actually on the benches by the White House and all of a sudden, people started running up the sidewalk, through the mud and stuff, and we were actually pretty scared because we didn't know what was going on", a girl at the scene described. No shots were fired, according to the Secret Service.

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