Those Barricades Sure Looked SUV Proof

All the barricades around the Capitol Building, which look like they could stop a tank, only inconvenience SUV drivers.

This morning around 8am, an armed man in a light-colored SUV drove through a barricade at the Capitol in the vicinity of the visitors’ center construction.

Only bending a fender after surmounting the barricades and crashing into a water fountain, he jumped out of the SUV and ran into the Rotunda, with Capitol Police hot on his trail.

The Capitol went into lock down, and the guy was arrested in the basement, apparently mid-seizure. CNN has more details and a video.

All drama aside, I got $5 that says the Capitol Police will institute a Capitol Hill SUV ban by week’s end.

5 Comments so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 11:50 am

    A nationwide ban on all SUVs would be even better. ;-)

  2. Mike (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    I’ve heard that Iran is ramping up their monster truck program.

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 12:10 pm

    I can sense that this is only the first step in the upcoming barrier arms race…

  4. wayan (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

    I can see the new SUV ads now…

    “The 2007 Esclade, Get Your Bling All Up In Your Congressman’s Grill”

    “The New Navigator: Now with Capitol Drive Thru”

    “Porsche Cayenne – Climbs the Capitol Steps in 2.3 seconds!”

  5. webjedi (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

    Normally they should work…

    I work in a building with a few physical barriers around it, including dirt mounds, tight mesh fences, bollards (metal and huge stone and concrete filled ones) AND brick walls… oh, and we have a stash of a few assault rifles in a gun cabinet…

    I think my company spent less money on it… probably will do a better job that the Gub’mint.

    Our other building of this ilk for us is next to a prison… we use the “scare” tactic to keep peopel from there. :-D

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