A graphic video from yesterday’s Washington D.C. car chase was brought to our attention by one of our reader in the comments section. The raw footage taken by an eyewitness shows a speeding police car slamming into barriers at Capitol Hill. We don’t get to see from the video if the chased car had passed earlier, we only see it crashing at high-speed into the barriers.
According to a preliminary statement from the Senate sergeant at arms, this was an isolated incident that happened when a Capitol Police officer tried to join the chase. The police cruiser “seriously clipped” a barricade, but his injuries are not life threatening.
Meanwhile, new information has emerged regarding the female driver that was shot dead by the police officers after reportedly trying to breach a barrier at the White House. Police said she was Miriam Carey from Stamford, Connecticut, a 34-year-old dental hygienist.
The woman’s mother told ABC News that her daughter was suffering from postnatal depression after giving birth to her daughter last August and that she was hospitalized in the past for this problem. The one-year-old girl that was travelling in the black Infiniti with her mother was not injured and was taken into protective custody.
However, the mother added that her daughter had no history of violence and she didn’t know why she was in Washington on Thursday, as she was supposed to take her daughter to a doctor’s appointment in Connecticut. Miriam Carey was described by her boss as a person who was “always happy.”
“It’s the furthest thing from anything I would think she would do, especially with her child in the car. I am floored that it would be her,” Dr. Steven Oked told ABC News.
Injured policeman aside, there was also a hurt Secret Service agent, who was reportedly struck by the woman’s car near the White House, where she tried to break a barrier. Officials said it appears the incident had “no nexus to terrorism.”
By Dan Mihalascu
Special thanks to user Yobobjm for the tip!