Man Charged After Allegedly Crashing Truck Close To White House

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( – Late May 22, a box truck driver crashed their vehicle close to the White House. The driver is currently facing charges for his alleged attempt to harm the President.

Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi took to Twitter to note that the person driving had been detained after the truck crashed through security barriers at the north end of Lafayette Square. In a later post, he stated that the driver appeared to have intentionally hit the barriers but following an early investigation, the truck was deemed safe.

WUSA9 also reported that during the investigation, authorities discovered what seemed to be a Nazi flag in the vehicle. Park Police officers also reported that during their search, they located a backpack that contained a roll of duct tape.

The roads close to the scene were closed off during the investigation, while the Hay-Adams Hotel was evacuated.

The 19-year-old driver was identified by the authorities on May 23 to be Sai Varshith Kandula, a man from Chesterfield. He is now facing charges for threatening a president, vice president, or member of their families. He was also charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, trespassing, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle

Reports indicate Kandula told Secret Service agents that he had been planning for months to get into the White House and “seize power,” even if that meant killing the President. A prosecutor also stated he wasn’t a lawful resident of the US.

During the truck crash, President Biden was in the White House, but it has not yet been made clear whether he was aware of the crash. White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre later stated that the President was relieved that there had been no injuries caused by the crash and that law enforcement officers were able to swiftly respond to the scene.

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