A Connecticut opera singer has been arrested following a police-involved shooting after she crashed her SUV through two security checkpoints near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
Hannah Roemhild, 30, was taken into custody following the ordeal near Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday just hours before the President was due to arrive.
Police say the incident unfolded after they responded to reports of a white woman acting irrationally and dancing on the top of a car in the parking lot of a motel near Mar-a-Lago.
When an officer arrived at the parking lot, Roemhild – who police say was impaired – got off the top of the car and into her black SUV.
Authorities say they approached her as she sat inside the SUV but she would not respond when they tapped on the window.
Officers smashed through the window glass when they saw her rifling through her glove box.
Roemhild sped off and led officers on a high-speed pursuit, at times driving on the wrong side of the road at speeds nearing 70 mph.
She crashed through two security checkpoints before authorities caught up to her and opened fire.
Roemhild was speeding toward a third when sheriff;s deputies and Secret Service agents fired numerous rounds at her car.
She kept driving and investigators believe she picked up a female relative before authorities located her car using a license plate reader.
She ran from her car outside a nearby motel and was tackled by a trooper.
It is not yet clear if she was struck by the gunfire. Photos from the scene show the SUV riddled with bullet holes.
The checkpoint, a series of concrete barriers and armed officers, is blocks away from the actual resort.
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said Roemhild wasn’t ‘even remotely close’ to getting into the ‘inner perimeter’ of the resort in Palm Beach.
‘This is not a terrorist thing,’ he said, adding that Roemhild did not appear to have a police record.
‘This is someone who was obviously impaired somehow and driving very recklessly.’
Roemhild is expected to be charged with assault on a federal officer, deadly assault on two sheriff’s deputies and traffic charges.
Trump was scheduled to leave Washington for his resort later on Friday afternoon where he was expected to spend the weekend. First lady Melania Trump is currently at the White House and was expected to travel with Trump.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump had been briefed and there were no changes to his travel plans at this time.
Mar-a-Lago has been the scene of several intrusions since Trump became president.
On January 5, just hours after Trump and his family had left the club following a two-week vacation, a Florida man who had been dishonorably discharged from the Marines for sex offenses was arrested after he got past two checkpoints by falsely identifying himself as part of the president’s helicopter crew.
In March 2019, Chinese national Yujing Zhang gained access to Mar-a-Lago while carrying a laptop, phones and other electronic gear. That led to initial speculation that the 33-year-old businesswoman from Shanghai might be a spy, but she was never charged with espionage.
Text messages she exchanged with a trip organizer indicated she was a fan of the president and wanted to meet him or his family to discuss possible deals.
Zhang was found guilty of trespassing and lying to Secret Service agents and was sentenced to time served.