Driver who followed Obama daughters' motorcade was lost, confused

WASHINGTON Wed May 7, 2014 7:08pm EDT

Members of the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service investigate an unauthorized vehicle outside the White House gates in Washington May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service investigate an unauthorized vehicle outside the White House gates in Washington May 6, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A driver unfamiliar with Washington, DC, appeared to have been lost and confused when he followed a motorcade carrying President Barack Obama's daughters through a White House checkpoint on Tuesday, a law enforcement source said.

"It appears at this point that the driver was confused, not familiar with DC, and essentially got lost and followed the car in front of him," said the law enforcement source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

The unusual incident prompted a security lockdown at the White House. The driver, an Internal Revenue Service employee identified as Mathew Evan Goldstein, 55, was charged with unlawful entry, a misdemeanor offense.

Goldstein was released from custody on the condition that he stay away from a large area surrounding the White House, about four by six blocks in size, according to court documents.

Charging documents from the DC Superior Court said Goldstein was driving a gray Honda Civic less than five feet from the final car in a motorcade carrying the Obama daughters, Sasha and Malia, as it turned into the White House security checkpoint on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17 Street NW.

The car was too close to raise barricades to prevent the car from entering, but Secret Service officials stopped the car and detained the driver.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Julia Edwards; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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Comments (2)
gcf1965 wrote:
What a picture, someone following obamas and they are lost. No news here, the whole country is lost with him “leading”

May 08, 2014 9:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
moosemyfrnds wrote:
LMAO yep, that describes a Liberal “lost and confused”

The last six mass shooting were committed by Left Wing Liberals!

1. Foot Hood: registered democrat and muslim jihadist terrorist.

2. Columbine: too young to vote, families were registered democrats and progressive liberals.

3. Viginia tech: wrote hate mail to President Bush and his staff.

4. Colorado theater: registered democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant, progressive liberal.

5. Connecticut school shooter: registered democrat; hated Christians.

6. Tucson Shooting: Jared was a registered independent, hate Bush, loved abortions, angry that Gifford for not having done enough against Bush.

May 08, 2014 11:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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