Vehicle Rams Into Secret Service SUV

Vehicle Rams Into Secret Service SUV

( – On December 17, President Joe Biden visited his campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware. He and the first lady were reportedly greeting staffers at a holiday gathering. As they were leaving, there was an audible crash, prompting Biden to whip around toward the sound. Secret Service officials quickly ushered Biden to his car as they assessed the situation. First Lady Jill Biden was already safely inside the vehicle.

Later that evening, Secret Service spokesperson Steve Kopek told CNN that a vehicle in Biden’s motorcade was struck by another car while the president was getting into his vehicle. Kopek said the crash was not intentional, and the “president’s motorcade departed without incident.” Luckily, no one was injured.

The following day, Wilmington Police Department Communications Director David Karas spoke to the news outlet, stating the 46-year-old Wilmington man driving the vehicle was charged with a DUI and inattentive driving. Karas did not name the suspect, but video footage from Sky News showed Biden’s security detail talking to the driver. The man had his hands up and looked to be cooperating with authorities.

A witness reportedly told Reuters that the president and first lady returned to their Wilmington home after the incident. The White House has not released a formal statement about the ordeal.

The punishment for a DUI in Delaware varies based on whether the incident was the driver’s first offense. On the low end, a first-offense conviction could result in 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,500. A second offense could result in a fine of up to $2,500, a maximum of 18 months in jail, and community service. The punishments only go up from there. The state also has treatment requirements for convicted DUI offenders.

The incident with the motorcade is still under investigation and there have been no further details released about the suspect as of December 18.

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