Man charged with drink driving after crashing into Biden's motorcade

Incident occurred as US President and first lady were leaving his campaign office in Delaware

Car slams into US President Joe Biden's motorcade

Car slams into US President Joe Biden's motorcade
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A man was charged with drink driving after ploughing into a parked security vehicle in President Joe Biden's motorcade in Delaware.

Mr Biden and first lady Jill Biden were unharmed in the incident which occurred outside Mr Biden's campaign headquarters, the White House said.

Mr Biden was walking from the campaign office to his waiting armoured SUV when a sedan hit a Secret Service vehicle that was being used to close off an intersection in Wilmington.

The car then tried to continue into a closed-off intersection before Secret Service personnel surrounded the vehicle with weapons drawn and instructed the driver to put his hands up.

Mr Biden paused and looked over towards the sound, surprised, before he was ushered into his vehicle, where his wife was already seated, before being driven swiftly back to their home.

Police did not reveal the driver's identity.

A spokesman for the Wilmington Police Department said the 46-year-old man from Wilmington was charged with driving under the influence and inattentive driving.

Reporters were quickly rounded up by White House staff to join the motorcade as it departed the rain-drenched scene.

“They're evacuating, you guys gotta go,” a staffer told reporters as security personnel secured the area.

Mr Biden arrived safely at his family home without further incident.

Updated: December 18, 2023, 6:59 PM