Man charged with DUI in Biden motorcade crash, president unhurt

Biden was leaving a dinner with staff at campaign headquarters at the time of the collision. — Reuters

WILMINGTON (USA): The driver of a car that collided with a vehicle in Joe Biden’s security detail has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and inattentive driving, and authorities said the incident did not pose a threat to the president.

Biden was unharmed in the crash, which occurred Sunday evening in Wilmington, Delaware. The president was leaving a dinner with staff at campaign headquarters at the time of the collision.

Wilmington police charged the 46-year-old man after determining the crash was accidental, according to police spokesman Davis Karas.

Secret Service spokesman Steve Kopek said "there was no protective interest” associated with the crash - meaning Biden was not determined to be at risk - and the president’s motorcade "departed without incident.”

Following the dinner with campaign aides, first lady Jill Biden exited ahead of Biden and wished press and onlookers happy holidays.

The president then stepped outside as a reporter shouted a question about polls showing him trailing Donald Trump. Biden said journalists aren’t looking at the right polls.

A beige Ford then appeared to collide with a nearby SUV that was part of Biden’s motorcade and had been closing off a nearby street.

Security circled the car and another vehicle lurched forward, blocking it from where the Bidens were. Authorities were seen demanding that the driver open the door.

Biden looked surprised by the incident and stared briefly at the car before Secret Service agents encouraged him to get into his heavily armoured SUV.

The Bidens then drove home for the night. They were unharmed, an official said.
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