Capitol Police Files

Driving while intoxicated — March 24 — On the morning of this Saturday, a U.S. Capitol Police officer responded to a radio call of a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lane and crossing over the median near the Library of Congress. The officer witnessed a colleague stop the vehicle facing east in the westbound lane. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer detected an odor of alcohol. A background check revealed the suspect had no valid driving permit in Maryland or Washington. Due to numerous signs of impairment, the suspect was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. 

Possession of an open container of alcohol — March 24 — On the afternoon of this Saturday, a Capitol Police officer observed a suspect walking past the Capitol’s north barricade carrying a brown paper bag with what appeared to be a container. The officer stopped the suspect and detected an odor of alcohol on his breath. In a bag search, the officer found a half-full 24-ounce can of Bud Light. The suspect’s ID showed him to be under the age of 21. The suspect was placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters.

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Driving while intoxicated — March 25 — Early on the morning of this Sunday, a Capitol Police officer responded to a call of a taxicab following another vehicle that had just struck it near the Capitol building. The officer arrived on the scene and noticed the taxi and a green Honda Accord with damage to the vehicle. While speaking with the Honda’s owner, the officer detected an odor of alcohol. Due to numerous signs of impairment, the suspect was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters.

Destruction of property — March 26 — On the morning of this Monday, a Capitol Police officer responded to a complaint of destruction of property near the Capitol South Metro station. The suspect had struck the driver’s-side mirror of the complainant’s car with his hand, knocking off the cover, the complainant said. The suspect was arrested and taken to police headquarters.

Unlawful entry — March 29 — On the morning of this Thursday, a suspect asked a Capitol Police officer posted at the Webster Hall Senate Page Dormitory to use the restroom inside the building. The suspect was not authorized personnel and the officer denied access. The officer subsequently received a radio dispatch from Capitol Police communications and discovered the suspect in a nearby restroom. The suspect was arrested and transported to police headquarters.

Driving under the influence — March 30 — On the morning of this Friday, a Capitol Police officer observed a vehicle traveling eastbound near Union Station. The vehicle failed to maintain the proper lane and changed lanes without signaling, causing another vehicle to brake sharply. The officer conducted a traffic stop near Stanton Park and detected an odor of burned marijuana and alcohol on both the vehicle and the suspect. The suspect displayed numerous signs of impairment and was placed under arrest. A search of the vehicle revealed a  bag containing a green leafy substance that tested positive for THC, the main component of marijuana. A second suspect at the scene claimed ownership of the bag in which the drugs were discovered. Both suspects were placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters.

Misdemeanor warrant — April 3 — On the afternoon of this Tuesday, a Capitol Police officer stopped a suspect near Lower Senate Park for suspected drug activity. The officer observed the suspect and another individual doing what appeared to be drugs. The background check of the suspect revealed he had an active misdemeanor bench warrant held by D.C. Superior Court. The warrant was confirmed, and the suspect was placed under arrest and processed at police headquarters.

Carrying a pistol without a license — April 3 — On the afternoon of this Tuesday, a Capitol Police officer arrived at the Library of Congress’s west main doors following a call of a man possessing a firearm. The suspect claimed to be a police officer who had authorization to carry his firearm anywhere in the United States. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the suspect was a police officer but was not authorized to carry a firearm outside South Carolina. The suspect was placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters.

Possession of marijuana — April 9 — On the afternoon of this Monday, a Capitol Police officer observed a suspect enter the north screening facility of the Capitol Visitor Center. The suspect submitted to an administrative search, where he was found to be in possession of a small metal pipe and green leafy substance, which tested positive for marijuana. The suspect was arrested and taken to police headquarters.

Bench warrant — April 9 — On the evening of this Monday, a Capitol Police officer responded to a call to check on the welfare of an individual lying on a sidewalk near Union Station. The suspect appeared intoxicated and requested an ambulance. A background check revealed an active misdemeanor bench warrant issued by D.C. Superior Court. The D.C. Fire Department responded to the call and cleared the scene. The suspect was then arrested and taken to police headquarters.

Assault with a deadly weapon and driving while intoxicated — April 16 — Early on the morning of this Monday, a Capitol Police officer observed a vehicle matching the description of a hit and run that occurred near the Library of Congress. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle near the Longworth House office Building, but the vehicle failed to halt and continued traveling westbound on Independence Avenue SE. The vehicle struck another vehicle, then came to a stop near the Smithsonian Castle due to damage sustained during the collisions. The suspect was arrested and taken to police headquarters for processing. Once there, the suspect displayed numerous signs of impairment and was also charged with driving while intoxicated.

Carrying a pistol without a license — April 19 — On the afternoon of this Thursday, a Capitol Police officer stationed at the garage sub-basement of the Library of Congress’s Madison Building observed a suspect placing a gym bag on the post’s X-ray machine. As the bag passed through the machine, the officer noticed what appeared to be a handgun inside it. The officer secured the weapon and ammunition. The suspect was arrested and taken to police headquarters.

Fugitive from justice — April 19 — On the afternoon of this Thursday, a Capitol Police officer conducted a traffic stop near Nationals Park after receiving a call of a stopped vehicle. A background check of the suspect revealed an active warrant from Prince George’s County, Md. The warrant was confirmed, and the suspect was arrested and transported to police headquarters for processing.



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