Man ID'd, arrested for crashing car into Washington Monument barrier: Police

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Man ID'd, arrested for crashing car into Washington Monument barrier: Police

A man has been arrested after allegedly crashing his car just outside the Washington Monument, missing several people who were walking around the landmark Saturday night, police said.

Jack Joseph Dessin, age 38, of New Jersey was arrested for assault with a dangerous weapon (automobile) and destruction of government property, United States Park Police released in a statement.

No pedestrians were injured during the incident, which took place around 7:23 p.m., the United States Park Police said in a statement.

PHOTO: Park Police officers respond to the Washington Monument grounds where a vehicle had struck the security barrier located in the northeast quadrant of the Washington Monument grounds, July 3, 2021. (Arsen Hoxha / Twitter)
PHOTO: Park Police officers respond to the Washington Monument grounds where a vehicle had struck the security barrier located in the northeast quadrant of the Washington Monument grounds, July 3, 2021. (Arsen Hoxha / Twitter)

Officers responded to the scene and found the SUV, which was covered in signs and had an American flag hanging from its passenger-side door, crashed into the security barrier at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue.

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The unidentified driver suffered minor injuries and was arrested at the scene, the police said. The suspect was charged with attempted assault with a dangerous weapon (automobile) and is awaiting a court appearance as of Sunday morning.

PHOTO: Park Police officers respond to the Washington Monument grounds where a vehicle had struck the security barrier located in the northeast quadrant of the Washington Monument grounds, July 3, 2021. (Arsen Hoxha / Twitter)
PHOTO: Park Police officers respond to the Washington Monument grounds where a vehicle had struck the security barrier located in the northeast quadrant of the Washington Monument grounds, July 3, 2021. (Arsen Hoxha / Twitter)

No motive has been revealed, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

The incident took place about 24 hours before crowds were expected to gather at the National Mall for Fourth of July celebrations.

Dessin will be presented in U.S. District Court on Monday, police said.

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