Parliament Hill: Man charged after vehicle crashes into gate

A 29-year-old Ottawa man is facing charges following an incident early Wednesday morning in which a vehicle slammed into a door on Parliament Hill.

Ottawa police said on Wednesday someone drove an unauthorized vehicle into the Wellington Street entrance gates around 3:30 a.m., but were unable to get past due to security infrastructure . Damage to the door was minimal and a nearby officer arrested the driver without incident.

The accused was identified in court documents obtained by CTV News as Maxwell Pate, 29, of Ottawa. Pate is charged with dangerous driving and mischief to property.

Earlier this year, Ottawa police released a missing person report for Pate, which was later canceled when he was found. Police warned residents at the time that he was at risk of harming himself or others and may have a knife.

The Ottawa Police Service is the jurisdictional police service on Wellington Street across from the Parliament Buildings. Officers work with the Parliamentary Protective Service.

It comes on the same day a tour bus knocked on a door outside 24 Sussex Dr., the Prime Minister’s official, but currently unoccupied, residence. No passengers were on the bus at the time and the driver was not injured. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does not currently reside at 24 Sussex Dr. Police say the two incidents are considered separate.

Wellington Street outside Parliament has been closed to vehicles since February after police forces removed anti-government ‘Freedom Convoy’ protesters who had holed up in the city center for three weeks.

MPs are on summer recess, so the House of Commons is not currently sitting.

–With files from CTV’s Mackenzie Gray.

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