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(WASHINGTON) — A car smashed into a barricade at the U.S. Capitol building Friday morning, putting the Capitol on high alert.

The maroon Nissan Altima, which had Florida plates, hit a security barricade at Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue Southeast, at the South entrance to the U.S. Capitol grounds just before 9 a.m.

The car did not make it past the barricade, which did not sustain any damage. Police have since reopened the entrance, which is used by members when Congress is in session.

Sources tell ABC News that the driver ignored calls to stop when approaching Capitol gate and then sped up and rammed into barricade.

The motorist later told investigators he did it because he believed the FBI was following him and he wanted to get in contact with them. He has a lawsuit against Nationwide Insurance that he wants people to know about.

The driver is in the custody of the Capitol police but it was not clear if he was facing charges.

The vehicle was taken to a DC Metropolitan Police lab for further review, according to a Capitol Police officer on the scene.

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