A lockdown at the White House was lifted before 6 p.m. and a man is in custody after following a Secret Service motorcade on to a closed portion of Pennsylvania Avenue. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.
A Maryland man has been charged for following a Secret Service motorcade into a closed porion of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a man in a Honda Civic closely trailed the motorcade taking the president’s daughters home through the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the White House.
According to court documents, the driver of the Civic followed the motorcade so closely that guards were unable to raise gate bollards in order to stop him. The driver passed a large 'Do Not Enter Sign' and entered the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
An officer controlling traffic in the area stepped in front of the Civic and halted the driver, who has been identified as 55-year-old Matthew Evan Goldstein.
Goldstein is facing charges of unlawful entry.
The incident caused gridlock in the area as uniformed Secret Service agents kept people out of the area and the plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue was closed for more than 45 minutes.