A 19-year-old was arrested by the United States Secret Service for allegedly crashing a U-Haul truck into a security barrier at a park opposite the White House on Monday night (May 22). The incident did not cause any injuries. The Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said the incident happened at around 10:00 pm (local time). The US Park Police identified the suspect as Sai Varshith Kandula from Chesterfield, a city in St. Louis County in Missouri, on Tuesday morning.
“The crash is still under investigation, but it may have been deliberate, according to Guglielmi. No one from the Secret Service or the White House was hurt when the U-Haul truck hit a security barrier near Lafayette Square’s north side, he said.
The Secret Service and the Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene and searched the truck. A Reuters witness said they found a Nazi flag inside the truck. WUSA-TV footage showed police officers taking out several items from the truck, including the flag, and putting them in evidence bags.
Reuters also reported that a U-Haul truck stopped next to the steel barricades and was approached by officers and a dog after the crash. Chris Zaboji, who witnessed the crash and posted a video of it, said the truck drove into the barricades twice.
I was walking home from my run on the mall and went through the barricade maybe 20 seconds before they hit the first time. After they rammed it the second time I decided it was time to get the hell out of there,” Zaboji tweeted.
The driver faces multiple charges from the Park Police, with support from the Secret Service. The charges include threatening to harm or kill a president, vice president or their family member; assault with a dangerous weapon; reckless driving; and destruction of federal property.