August 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to crashing his unoccupied Jeep near a White House Secret Service guard booth in June.
Joseph Reel of Kettering, Ohio, pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday. It was just one day after a Connecticut woman was shot to death by police in a car chase that began when she tried to breach a barrier at the White House.
U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras mentioned it at the court hearing. Contreras said he didn't know if Reel has heard the news, but he said Reel was "lucky to be alive" after the June incident.
According to court documents, the 32-year-old Ohio man wanted to spray-paint a "don't tread on me" snake on the White House.