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Posted: March 19, 2017

Driver detained at White House checkpoint after claiming to have bomb

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 10: The White House, 1800, Washington DC, District of Columbia. United States of America, 19th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 10: The White House, 1800, Washington DC, District of Columbia. United States of America, 19th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

WASHINGTON —

A driver was detained Saturday night after he reportedly told officials at a White House checkpoint that he had a bomb in his car.

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Sean Patrick Keoughan, 29, said “this is a test” as he was taken to the ground by security, according to NBC News. He was identified Sunday by police. 

According to CNN, the Keoughan's claim just after 11 p.m. prompted an upgrade in White House security, the Secret Service said. Officials, who closed nearby streets, did not say whether he actually had a bomb, CNN reported.

The incident occurred just hours after another person allegedly jumped "over a bicycle rack in front of the White House" and a week after a White House fence-jumper reportedly evaded security officials for 15 minutes, CNN reported.

Keoughan was arrested and charged with false bomb threats and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to NBC News.


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