Woman arrested after driving vehicle onto Parliament Hill

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OTTAWA - An RCMP officer on duty at a prominent entrance to Parliament Hill was surprised Tuesday when a driver refused to stop and drove past him on the road to Centre Block.

OTTAWA - An RCMP officer on duty at a prominent entrance to Parliament Hill was surprised Tuesday when a driver refused to stop and drove past him on the road to Centre Block.

The 39-year-old woman ignored his instruction to stop at the entrance, which is closed to traffic other than buses used to ferry senators and MPs to and from the Hill. But she did not get very far before she was stopped and arrested, an RCMP spokesman said Wednesday.

Cpl. Jean Hainey declined to say how officers stopped the womans car. There is a way to proceed and we used it to intervene appropriately, he said.

She did not get as far as the Peace Tower, said the corporal, who was unable to say whether there were charges pending, because the investigation is ongoing.

Hainey said security measures on the Hill are continuously re-assessed.

Since private vehicle access to the Hill became restricted following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., there have been several incidents involving civilian vehicles driving onto the area.

In August 2003, an Ottawa man rammed his car through a chain link barrier and reached the steps of the Peace Tower before being arrested. He had two containers of gasoline in the trunk. A few months before that, a woman drove her car through a restricted entrance. She was quickly detained and arrested.

In February 1997, a Cantley, Que. man driving a Jeep motored up the steps of Centre Block. He stopped just short of the main entrance then continued on foot until he was arrested.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: OTTAWA, New York, Washington, D.C. Cantley

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