Updated Dec 18, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Driver who crashed into parked SUV in Biden's motorcade charged with DUI

Members of the US Secret Service rush to a car, after it hit a motorcade SUV, as US president Joe Biden was leaving his campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware on December 17, 2023.

Members of the U.S. Secret Service rush to a car, after it hit a motorcade SUV, as President Biden was leaving his campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden were unharmed after a car crashed into a U.S. Secret Service vehicle guarding his motorcade near his campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday night, the White House said.

The latest: A spokesperson for the Wilmington Police Department said on Monday that the driver, a 46-year-old Wilmington man, has been charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and inattentive driving.

  • The department's investigation determined that it was an "accidental collision."

The big picture: After the crash around after 8pm ET, USSS agents quickly surrounded the car and pulled weapons on the driver, who held his hands up, according to a pool report.

US President Joe Biden (C) looks on after a car hit an SUV in the motorcade as he left his campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware on December 17, 2023.
President Biden (center) looks on after the crash. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Zoom in: The incident happened at the intersection across from the entrance of Biden's campaign headquarters after Jill Biden got into the first couple's vehicle, per the pool report that noted the president looked surprised as he stood near the vehicle.

  • Footage from the scene showed agents helping the president into the Bidens' vehicle after the incident.
  • USSS Special Agent Steve Kopek, an agency spokesperson, said in an emailed statement Sunday night there was "no protective interest associated with this event and the President's motorcade departed without incident."

What we're watching: Wilmington Police Department spokesperson David Karas said in an emailed statement late Sunday that the crash did not result in any injuries.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout and a statement from the Wilmington Police Department.

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