Driver rams car into U.S. embassy gates in Seoul

A car sits in front of the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul after ramming them on Tuesday. /Yonhap. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

SEOUL, Jun 26, 2019, The Chosunilbo. Police on Tuesday arrested a 39-year-old man after he rammed his car into the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, reported The Chosunilbo.

According to police, the white SM6 sedan suddenly swerved while driving past the embassy on Sejongno around 6 p.m. and plowed into the gates.

Guards made a quick dodge, but the gates were dented and the hood of the car was damaged. A box full of portable butane gas canisters was found in the car’s trunk. Nobody was hurt.

The man appeared to be mentally unstable, telling police he was a prosecutor “handling public security.”

Last June, a 47-year-old official at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family also rammed into the gates of the U.S. Embassy in his Grandeur sedan, shouting, “I want asylum in the U.S.”

He was given a two-year suspended sentence.

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