Woman attempting to breach Capitol complex charged with assaulting a police officer

Woman attempting to breach Capitol complex charged with assaulting a police officer
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A person attempting to breach a security checkpoint at the fencing around the Capitol on Thursday was charged with assaulting a police officer after she attempted to drive through the checkpoint.

A statement by the Capitol Police states that a female suspect arrived at a security checkpoint at New Jersey Avenue and D Street SE Thursday morning and was told she could not enter the premises.

The woman ignored the officer and attempted to drive through the checkpoint anyway, hitting one officer in the process. 

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She is being charged with assaulting a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon-vehicle and unlawful entry, according to the statement. 

The statement does not say if the officer who was struck by the vehicle is injured, nor does it give any more details about the woman involved.

The fencing around the Capitol has been up since the riot on Jan. 6, when pro-Trump supporters swarmed the complex while Congress conducted the official Electoral College vote count certifying the presidential election results.

The fencing and National Guard members will continue to be in the District to protect the Capitol as the Senate gears up to begin a second impeaching trial, where it will decide whether to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection.