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Published: Saturday, 6/9/2012

Police, FBI investigate 'intentional' crash of SUV into downtown Washington building

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia police and the FBI were investigating late Friday what they believe was the intentional crash of an SUV into a downtown Washington office building, police said.

Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said the vehicle crashed into the building at 1050 Connecticut Ave., N.W., around 7:45 p.m. Friday.

Crump said the driver suffered minor injuries, but she said investigators "believe the driver did so intentionally." She said the vehicle was stolen and the driver has been apprehended.

WRC-TV reported that the vehicle's interior and the driver had been deliberately doused with gasoline.

Crump said police were looking into those reports.

Crump said the building, located less than a mile from The White House and in the city's business district, has a mix of offices, retail shops and restaurants.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Lon Walls said crews treated the disoriented driver but that he didn't sustain any significant injuries. He said "nothing ignited" but that he's not sure how much of a risk there was of this happening. He said traffic was blocked in the vicinity of the building Friday evening.



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