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PALM BEACH, Fla. — Hannah Roemhild, 30, was behind the wheel of the speeding Jeep that plowed past security checkpoints near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Friday, endangering several officers, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a news conference.
Roemhild faces charges of assault on a federal officer and deadly assault on law enforcement after her Jeep reportedly careened past concrete barriers and nearly hit U.S. Secret Service agents and sheriff’s deputies.
She wasn’t targeting President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Bradshaw said.
“It’s a road that leads nowhere else but Mar-a-Lago,” he said of South County Road, which Roemhild reportedly sped down at upwards of 70 mph.
She was being interviewed by law enforcement during a 3:30 p.m. news conference in which Bradshaw and representatives from Florida Highway Patrol, U.S. Secret Service and the FBI delivered updates.
The incident started at The Breakers hotel, about 2.5 miles north of Mar-a-Lago, where a highway patrol trooper responded to a call about an unruly Roemhild.
She was acting “irrationally” and standing on top of a car “doing some kind of dance,” Bradshaw said.
The woman got into her car and refused the trooper’s attempt to talk to her, he said. He banged on the window to no avail before smashing it in an attempt to stop the woman from driving away, the sheriff said.
After the 30-year-old fled, the trooper followed her down South County Road.
The trooper lost sight of the woman’s Jeep for about 15 minutes, a highway patrol official estimated.
Roemhild eventually bypassed the security checkpoint where South County Road and South Ocean Boulevard meet, just north of Mar-a-Lago. She maneuvered around a second checkpoint and a police vehicle before officers opened fire on the road outside Mar-a-Lago, officials said.
U.S. Secret Service and sheriff’s office personnel fired their weapons, they added. Officials would not say how many officers opened fire or how many were in the path of Roemhild’s Jeep.
Bullets struck the Jeep, but no one was hurt.
The incident occurred just hours before Trump is expected to arrive at his Palm Beach mansion and club — his 29th visit since his 2017 inauguration.
On Saturday, the president’s fan club, the Trumpettes, is holding its gala at the Southern White House with headliner Roseanne Barr. On Sunday, the president is expected to host his annual Super Bowl party at his West Palm Beach golf club.