Driver, officer injured in crash after car strikes police cruiser near Capitol Hill

Photo of car that collided with a barricade and police cruiser near Capitol Hill, Monday, July 17, 2017 (ABC7 photo)

A car struck a barrier and a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser injuring the driver and U.S. Capitol Police officer Monday afternoon near Capitol HIll, according to police.

The driver and officer were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, and police say the officer was released.

U.S. Capitol Police investigated the car and it was later cleared.

Police say the driver was charged with assault with a deadly weapon (vehicle), assaulting a police officer (felony), aggravated reckless driving, and no valid permit.

Witnesses initially told ABC7 News' Stephen Tschida that one of the two officers injured in the crash is a Capitol Police officer.

Police activity was reported at 1st and Independence Avenue, SE and resulted in closures at Independence Avenue between Washington Avenue and 3rd Street, SE., 2nd Street between East Capitol Street and C Street, SE, and Pennsylvania between 3rd Street and 2nd Street.

There's no evidence to suggest a connection to terrorism at this time, according to police.

Buses had to detour at Independence Avenue and Washington Avenue due to the activity, according to a tweet from Metrobus Info.

This story has been updated

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