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Man Charged in Jeep Crash Near White House

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WASHINGTON — An Ohio man has been charged with crashing his unoccupied Jeep near a White House Secret Service guard booth.

Joseph Reel of Kettering, Ohio, has been charged with destruction of government property and was ordered held without bond Tuesday. According to a federal court charging document, Reel rigged his Jeep so the vehicle crashed into a light post, bike rack and security bollard near the guard post around 3 a.m. Sunday, causing more than $1,000 worth of damage.

The charging document says that Reel was seen on a bicycle after the crash and was stopped in a courtyard of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. He told officials he wanted to spray paint a “don’t tread on me snake” nearby. An e-mail to Reel’s attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday evening.

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