May 7th, 2014
02:42 PM ET
7 months ago

White House security breach appears to be honest mistake

(CNN) – It seems at this point to be an honest mistake.

That's what a source tells CNN's Michelle Kosinski about Tuesday's security breach that resulted in a White House lockdown.

A Secret Service source explains that Mathew Goldstein, 55, got caught up in traffic-circle confusion during the heavy afternoon rush in downtown D.C.

Unfamiliar with the traffic pattern, he apparently panicked and made a sharp right turn that put him immediately behind a group of cars, which turned out to be a White House motorcade.

The IRS computer worker from Maryland drove along behind those vehicles carrying President Barack Obama's two daughters and rolled right through a perimeter barricade on Pennsylvania Avenue.

But how did the Secret Service let him through?

The guards apparently didn't have time to raise the bollards fast enough to shut out Goldstein's gray Honda Civic, which was only about five feet behind the closest vehicle, charging papers said.

But he was stopped immediately and then was arrested.

However, the source said it appears to be an honest error on the driver's part.

The breach prompted a temporary lockdown of the White House complex where Obama was meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry.

Goldstein pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized entry. He was released on his own recognizance, pending a hearing on May 21.

The judge ordered he stay away from the White House and its grounds.

CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears contributed to this report.


Filed under: Secret Service • White House
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    And the entire MSM breathes a sigh of disappointment that Obama wasn't attacked....

    May 7, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    He'd better be glad they didn't take him out like they did the lady last year....

    May 7, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Ok SS what is your problem??? You know there are plenty of whackos that hate THIS POTUS and would love to hurt his beautiful daughters. Were you this careless with the Bush twins??😙

    May 7, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Tom l

    And Wake Up says that repubs are conspiracy theorists....

    May 7, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Thomas

    He was texting while driving .

    May 7, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. The Elephant in the Room

    Mr. Obama named a woman to head the secret service and we`ve had a couple of minor instances reported under her watch.

    I find it odd that a car could veer so closely behind the 1st daughters car that it could breech a checkpoint. Shouldn`t the last car in the motorocade be a buffer vehicle designed to provide separation? Shouldn`t this vehicle stop outside the barrier while the protected parties proceed through? Shouldn` this vehicle be monitoring who is behind it at all times and be aware? I`m I the only one that saw "Clear and Prresent Danger"?

    May 7, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    Occasionally people get into the White House by mistake......................

    May 7, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It seems at this point to be an honest mistake
    -------------------------------------------------
    Not if it had been me!
    Lol!

    May 7, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. smith

    Sniffit

    And the entire MSM breathes a sigh of disappointment that Obama wasn't attacked

    The MSM wants the first family dead? Did E.T. tell you that in a secret meeting?

    May 7, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. CryBabies

    Only "Honest" thing out of the administrations " take on things" in some time.

    May 7, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Tommy G

    Oh come people! It was an honest mistake... I'm sure the White House has at least a hundred people a day turning around in its driveway! hahahahaha....

    But on a serious note, I wouldn't mess with an IRS guy, especually an IRS COMPUTER guy! Does Obama really want an IRS version of Snowden on the lose?!

    May 7, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Elephant in the Room
    I find it odd that a car could veer so closely behind the 1st daughters car that it could breech a checkpoint. Shouldn`t the last car in the motorocade be a buffer vehicle designed to provide separation?
    -------------------------------------------------
    The President's motorcade used to drive by our place of business quite often a couple of years ago.
    Besides the motorcycle cops one of the last vehicles on the motorcade was/is an suv with someone in a s.w.a.t. style uniform manning some type of machine gun on a stand.
    To say that Mr. Goldstein is a lucky man would not be an understatement.

    May 7, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Protect our President and his family.

    May 7, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Name. willard

    Amercian will not trust of presdient obama but i said no excuse him for 5 yrs cause obama. Rice and hillary clinton are keep lied story what happened about benghizi.a

    May 7, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |