A car that trailed an official motorcade carrying Sasha and Malia Obama on to Pennsylvania Avenue prompted a security lock-down at the White House Tuesday.
A U.S. Secret Service spokesman said the blue Honda Civic entered the security checkpoint at 17th Street and Pennsylvania and was immediately stopped by Secret Service uniformed officers.
The male driver, later identified as Internal Revenue Service employee Mathew Evan Goldstein, 55, was arrested and Washington DC police checked the car for explosives.
People were unable to leave the White House grounds while the car was being checked out.
The lock-down at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue came shorty after 4.40 pm as the Obama daughters were returning home from the Quaker-run Sidwell Friends School.
Pictures of the car showed it traveled about 50 yards down Pennsylvania Avenue past the security barrier but it remained outside the main gate of the White House.
About an hour later, the lock-down has been lifted at the White House.
Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said Mr Goldsein has been charged with unlawful entry and was transported to city police for processing.
Mr Goldstein, a graduate of George Mason University, has worked as an IT specialist with the Internal Revenue Service since 1990.
The 55-year-old has been active in the atheist circles. On his profile page on the site Secular.org, Goldstein described himself as a secular humanist and member of the Democratic Party.
He also has affiliation with the non-profit group Secular Coalition For America and Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was closed to automobile traffic by US President Bill Clinton in 1995 as a security measure.
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