In a shocking turn of events on Sunday evening, a car crashed into President Joe Biden’s motorcade near his campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware. The incident occurred just as the president was leaving a meeting with his re-election team and getting ready to step back inside his armored SUV.
According to reports, the car hit a U.S. Secret Service vehicle that was being used to block an intersection near the headquarters. The driver then tried to continue into the closed-off intersection before being surrounded by federal law enforcement officials who quickly ordered the driver to put his hands up.
Video footage of the incident shows the president walking outside and engaging with a heckler when the loud crash grabs the attention of Secret Service agents. Biden is quickly ushered into his vehicle and driven away from the scene.
🚨#BREAKING: Clearer footage of the Presidential motorcade incident shows the moment when Joe Biden was walking out of his campaign headquarters and about 9 seconds into the footage, you can hear the crash as a car collides with his motorcade. The driver of the car is reportedly… pic.twitter.com/LZnPoBkTtM
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) December 18, 2023
The driver of the car has been identified as a 46-year-old individual and has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and inattentive driving. Local Wilmington police are currently investigating the crash, but have ruled it as an accident. Law enforcement officials have confirmed that the driver was not considered a serious threat to the president.
A car plowed into a parked SUV that was guarding President Joe Biden’s motorcade Sunday night while the president was leaving his campaign headquarters.
Local Wilmington police were handling the crash, which means the driver was not considered a serious threat to the president. pic.twitter.com/NgDSZdmj6p
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 18, 2023
It is reported that the president and first lady, Jill Biden, were not harmed in the incident and were safely driven back to their home. The White House has not yet released a statement about the incident.