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Man arrested after crashing through Capitol barricade

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man crashed his vehicle into a security barricade at the U.S. Capitol on Monday and was arrested, forcing the complex to briefly be locked down, authorities said.

Police shut down the complex as they investigated the incident progressed, and to ensure that all people there were authorized to be there. The incident happened shortly before 8 a.m., EDT, witnesses said. The Capitol complex was reopened within the hour.

Hill staffers were briefly instructed to remain in their offices while police searched to ensure there were no other interlopers.

Construction workers and police said the man had driven through a barricade at the Capitol, where a major visitors' center is under construction.

Sgt. Stephen James of the Capitol police, said the man tried to break through the barrier on First Street around 7:45 a.m.

In the summer of 1998, two Capitol Police officers were shot to death when a man with a history of mental illness opened fire in the building. The man was wounded and captured.

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