A 30-year-old woman was arrested after she crashed a car through security checkpoints outside President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday.
The woman, named by officials as Hannah Roemhild – a Bernie Sanders supporter – was driving at around 70mph and failed to stop at two security checkpoints near the main entrance to President Trump’s private club, prompting officers to fire at her black SUV.
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President Trump was not at the resort at his private club at the time, although he was scheduled to arrive there later on Friday.
Palm Beach County’s sheriff, Ric Bradshaw, said Roemhild initially attracted the police’s attention for dancing on top of a car.
A car chase ensued through the town of Palm Beach with speeds in excess of 70 mph, with Roemhild driving her SUV on the wrong side of the road at times, the sheriff said.
“This is not a terrorist thing,” Mr. Bradshaw told a press conference, adding: “This is someone who was obviously impaired somehow and driving very recklessly.”
The two breached checkpoints, which include concrete barriers, were manned by secret service agents.
The woman was speeding toward a third security checkpoint when officers fired numerous rounds at the car.
“We didn’t know if it was someone with a car bomb or someone who was going to hit as many pedestrians as possible,” the sheriff said. There were no reported injuries.
Roemhild kept driving after the shots were fired and investigators believe she picked up another woman before authorities located her car outside a nearby motel. Both women were taken into custody.
The sheriff said Roemhild, who remains in custody, will be charged with assault on a federal officer, deadly assault on two sheriff’s deputies and traffic charges.
Mr Bradshaw added that the driver was not “even remotely close” to getting into the “inner perimeter” of the president’s private club.
The “Winter White House”, as the private members’ club has come to be known, has been the scene of several intrusions since Trump was elected president.
On January 5, just hours after the president and his family had left the club following their Christmas break, a Florida man was arrested after he got past two checkpoints by falsely identifying himself as part of the president’s helicopter crew.
Last March, Chinese national Yujing Zhang gained access to Mar-a-Lago while carrying a laptop, phones and other electronic gear.