DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The U.S. Secret Service says a security incident at the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush was an accident and not a threat against Mr. Bush’s life.
At about 7:45 p.m., at least 13 Dallas Police Department squad cars were on scene for what was originally listed as an “executive threat.” Secret Service officials soon confirmed that Bush was never in harm’s way.
Officials said a man was driving a 1970’s Mercury Cougar erratically down the former president’s street in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas, and accidentally drove up onto the Bushes’ property. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the driver was questioned but released after the single-car accident.
The car suffered major damage to the front end. A flat bed truck arrived at the scene to remove it from the scene. An ambulance was also called, but left the neighborhood empty.
Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush were at home at the time and are unharmed. In addition to DPD, Secret Service agents responded to the incident. K9 units were also called to the home.
Residents in the neighborhood said the suspect, who has not been identified, was visiting a friend nearby and that the incident was unintentional. Sources tell CBS 11 News the driver claims he crashed because his accelerator became stuck.
Secret Service officials say they do not perceive the incident as a threat to the former president and the driver will not be charged.
In a statement, Bush spokesman David Sherzer said, “President and Mrs. Bush are OK. They appreciate the work of the United States Secret Service and Dallas Police Department in responding to the incident.”
The Secret Service is continuing to investigate the incident.