Roanoke man drove near White House for alleged false bomb threat


ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- The man arrested after driving up to a Secret Service checkpoint near the White House on Saturday night has been identified by police as Sean Patrick Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke, according to ABC News.

Keoughan was driving a car that had been reported stolen out of Roanoke, according to an incident report from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.

The report states Keoughan allegedly pulled up to a vehicle-entry post near the White House in a 2017 Chevrolet Impala with an Indiana registration.

When he got out of the car, he told an officer, "There's a bomb in the trunk," the police report said. As the man was taken to the ground by an officer, he said, "This is a test."

No bomb or other hazard was found in the car, authorities said Sunday.

Keoughan was arrested for alleged false bomb threats and unauthorized use of a vehicle, the police report said.

"Upon contact with the individual, U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division Officers detained the individual and declared his vehicle suspicious," the statement said. "In accordance with proper protocols, Secret Service personnel increased their posture of readiness."

It was the second security-related incident near the White House on Saturday.

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