The high-speed chase that occurred at the U.S. Capitol yesterday ended just minutes after it began. The driver of the black Infiniti that rammed the barricade at the White House was chased by police and secret service agents as bystanders hid inside the nearest building and waited for the lockdown on Capitol Hill to be lifted.
The chase ended with several gunshots and it was later confirmed that not only was the driver — 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stamford, Connecticut — dead, but she had her 1-year-old daughter Erica in the car, who was thankfully unharmed. Once the woman’s identity was confirmed, CNN reports that investigators questioned her mother and boyfriend, at which time they discovered that Miriam had been suffering from postpartum depression and may have been taking medication for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The sources who are commenting on the case have requested to remain anonymous as they are not authorized to share information on an ongoing case.
CNN’s sources indicate that Miriam’s boyfriend contacted police last year in December to report that he feared for the safety of their child, who was 4 months at the time. CNN writes, “The boyfriend said the woman was acting delusional, claiming the president had placed Stamford under lockdown and that her house was under electronic surveillance, the source said.”
The source also indicated that Miriam had left a letter for her boyfriend at her apartment and that it appeared to contain white powder. It is currently being tested for hazardous substances.
The Associated Press via People reports that Miriam’s mother, Idella Carey, had thought Miriam was taking her daughter to a doctor’s appointment in Connecticut and has no idea why she was in Washington, D.C.
ABC News reported that Miriam was a dental hygienist and that her boss, Dr. Steven Oken, described her as “always happy.”
"I would never in a million years believe that she would do something like this," Oken said. "It's the furthest thing from anything I would think she would do, especially with her child in the car. I am floored that it would be her."