whiteHouseDCWashington, DC: Security barriers were put to the test Friday at two of Washington’s most closely guarded compounds as someone climbed a fence at the White House and someone else smashed a car into a protective device at the Capitol. No link between the incidents was indicated by authorities. An immediate arrest was made about 7 p.m. after a person described only as female climbed the auxiliary barrier in front of the permanent fence on the north side of the White House, said Brian Leary, a spokesman for the Secret Service. The climber was charged with unlawful entry, Leary said. The auxiliary barriers, 42 inches high, were added last year as another security layer after a man climbed the main fence and went far into the White House. At the Capitol, the vehicle did not breach the secure perimeter, said Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a Capitol Police spokeswoman. The automobile struck one of the hinged steel barriers that can be raised from the street to control traffic. Police charged Antonio Pierorazio, 51, with unlawful entry and felony destruction of property. The car was heavily damaged. In television footage, a man being taken into custody in the incident responded to a reporter’s questions about his actions. He said he was “trying to get my European and Brazilian patents.”

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