Auto crashes through barrier near US Capitol, injuring police officer

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TWITTER CAPITOL HILL A man was arrested after a man'rammed a patrol car

A "suspicious vehicle" rammed into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser Monday afternoon near the Library of Congress, according to officials.

The driver of the second vehicle was injured and taken to the hospital.

The suspect, who hasn't been publicly named by police, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon-vehicle, assaulting a police officer, aggravated reckless driving, and no valid permit. All roads except Independence Avenue between Second and Third streets reopened shortly before 3:30 p.m.

The incident occurred about 11:45 a.m.at Independence Avenue and Second Street SE.

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The collision injured the driver and a Capitol Police officer.

The officer has since been released from the hospital, according to police.Several streets in the area were shut down as crews searched the suspect's vehicle thoroughly.

One person was shot and another was stabbed in incidents in Northeast and Southeast Washington. The Capitol Police officer was transported to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released, said police spokeswoman Eva Malecki in an email to WTOP. Most of the roads closed in connection with the investigation have been opened.

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