White House, Mar-a-Lago on lockdown following arrest

White House, Mar-a-Lago on lockdown following arrest

Security sources say a driver carrying gas bottles and concealing an explosive device jumped over a White House security barrier and drove up to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last night.

The incident took place just before 8pm local time.

Sources familiar with the investigation say the man emerged from a parking garage with a backpack and had just been discharged from the hospital.

The driver is now under police custody at Palm Beach International Airport.

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The explosive device was recovered at the back of the man's rental car. There is no evidence that it was a threat to the president.

A North American Security Director for a motor carrier says the man was apparently trying to get to the area for a trip to Disney World.

Guards and maintenance workers were seen walking past the area where the suspect was detained as emergency responders gathered on a road leading to the area.

At about 8pm President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was reportedly on lockdown after a security incident in Palm Beach. Pictured is a shot taken of the area around the golf course hours later

Federal agents can be seen on the south side of Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida

A woman on Instagram said a security alert was placed over the Trump estate, saying, 'Trump is being evacuated due to a security alert.' She described the area as 'dark and deserted'

The president has been hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping at his private island resort in Palm Beach over the past several days.

China is in charge of Trump's Mar-a-Lago club during his annual visit to the beach resort.

Earlier this week, Trump and Xi were seen together at Trump's private club, where the US leader's 21st birthday bash was also being held.

This afternoon, the U.S. Secret Service reportedly returned a Cadillac that they had taken from a wild driver following an incident last weekend.

The Secret Service took the car from a man in the Florida Keys last weekend who had allegedly tried to force his way into Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The man had posted photos on Instagram of the car, and claimed to be a Navy veteran, and stated that he was 'looking for justice'.

No charges have been filed against the driver, who is in his 30s, as of yet.

A woman on Instagram said a security alert was placed over the Trump estate, saying, 'Trump is being evacuated due to a security alert.'

The incident took place just before 8pm local time. Pictured is a shot taken of the area around the golf course hours later

A U.S. official confirmed that Trump has been briefed on the incident, but no further information has been made available at this time. Pictured is the area where the arrest was made shortly after the arrest

The suspected driver had to be restrained after climbing over a barrier and driving up to the club before crashing into a concrete barrier.

He was arrested shortly after.

Trump was nowhere to be seen on Thursday evening.

NBC News reported that Trump stayed behind while the jet flew over after delivering remarks to the Chinese president earlier in the day.

The U.S. President has been making stops in Florida to host Xi Jinping over the past several days. Pictured is the president in Florida earlier in the day

The suspected driver was detained by Secret Service agents at the private Trump club's property following an incident last weekend

In addition to the arrest, federal investigators are investigating an incident last weekend in which the driver flipped off a Florida county sheriff's deputy and warned him, 'We have a bomb,' according to a report.

'The Secret Service and the Florida Highway Patrol have no information to suggest that the driver was on a mission to harm anyone,' the US Secret Service said in a statement.

Florida Keys Airport Police Chief Lee Derue told reporters that the driver was detained about 10.45pm on Sunday.


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