Man Arrested After Car Smashes Into Biden’s Motorcade Outside Delaware Campaign HQ


Hailey Gomez General Assignment Reporter
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Update: This article has been updated to reflect the latest information as of Monday morning about the suspect allegedly involved in the accident.

A car smashed into a parked SUV that was part of President Joe Biden’s motorcade outside of his Delaware campaign headquarters Sunday night, according to 6abc. Police reportedly arrested the driver of the car Monday.

Video footage of the incident circulated on Twitter as reporters had been waiting for Biden and first lady Jill Biden to leave the campaign office right before the incident occurred. A silver sedan smashed into a black SUV belonging to the U.S. Secret Service, according to 6abc.

In the footage released by Breaking 4 News, a person could be heard yelling a question about the upcoming 2024 elections, before a vehicle is heard crashing off-camera. The president can then be seen looking towards the incident in shock and rushed into his car by Secret Service members before the camera pivots to the crash.

The footage shows a clear picture of the incident, including the Secret Service surrounding the silver sedan and demanding that the driver show his hands. The Secret Service had their weapons drawn on the driver, 6abc reported.

The Secret Service car was being used to close off intersections near the headquarters prior to Biden’s departure, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Woman Who Flipped Bird To Trump Motorcade Fired)

Wilmington police identified the alleged driver Monday as James Cooper, 46, of Wilmington, Delaware, according to ABC7. Local authorities said the man was charged with driving under the influence and inattentive driving and added that the incident has been ruled an accident, the outlet reported.

The first lady was already in the vehicle as Biden was rushed in immediately after the incident was heard, according to the outlet. Both the president and first lady are unharmed, 6abc reported.