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Ohio man charged in Jeep crash near White House

6:47 PM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
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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 it crashed into a light post, bike rack and security bollard near the guard post around 3 a.m. Sunday.

It caused more than $1,000 worth of damage.

The 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 email to Reel's attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday evening.

Associated Press

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