Car crashes into US Embassy main gate in Australia

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SYDNEY (AP) — A car crashed into the main gate of the U.S. Embassy in Canberra on Wednesday but caused little damage. Police in the capital said they arrested the driver and were trying to determine whether the act was intentional.

Roads around the embassy were closed as police, ambulance and firefighters swarmed the scene. A police bomb squad inspected the car, but found no explosives or anything suspicious, Australian Capital Territory police said. Neither the gate nor the car was seriously damaged and the driver was not injured.

"The search has been conducted and we are confident there is no issue," Australian Federal Police Acting Superintendent Darren Rath told reporters outside the embassy. "It was a precautionary measure."

Police were investigating whether the crash was an accident or deliberate.

The 30-year-old driver was taken into custody and was expected to appear in court on Thursday. His name was not immediately released.

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