Suspected Drunk Driver Scales Fence of Russian Embassy

He led police on a chase after crashing his SUV

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012  |  Updated 10:20 PM EDT
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Police say a driver crashed, then ran a half mile and jumped over the gates of the tightly guarded Russian Embassy in Northwest.  Secret Service agents had to negotiate with Russian Security for more than an hour to get the man released into U.S. custody.

Jackie Bensen

Police say a driver crashed, then ran a half mile and jumped over the gates of the tightly guarded Russian Embassy in Northwest. Secret Service agents had to negotiate with Russian Security for more than an hour to get the man released into U.S. custody.

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A single-car crash turned into a potential international incident at the Russian Embassy Thursday morning.

A man crashed his Toyota Highlander into a tree and overturned at Massachusetts Avenue and Calvert Avenue in northwest D.C. shortly after midnight.

As police approached him, he ran off, leading police to the Russian Embassy on Wisconsin Avenue.

The man then surprised police by hopping the fence of the embassy -- one of the most secure embassy compounds in Washington.

When the Secret Service arrived at the scene, they explained to Russian Security Forces the situation. It then took about 90 minutes of negotiating before they turned the man over to U.S. authorities.

Investigators do not believe Worley knew he was jumping on to what is essentially Russian soil, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.

Police took the man, identified as 34-year-old Michael Worley, of D.C., to the hospital to treat him for injuries he suffered in the crash.

He has been charged with DWI, unlawful entry and leaving the scene of an accident.

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