Washington Infamous party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi may not have finagled their way into Wednesday’s state dinner, but they didn’t exactly steer clear of the event either.
The Virginia socialites were riding in a stretch limousine that was stopped by a uniformed Secret Service officer near the White House about 8 p.m. EDT, Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said Thursday. The incident occurred as President Barack Obama was toasting Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the White House’s second state dinner.
Donovan said the vehicle ran a red light just southeast of the building, signaled a turn into a restricted area near the Ellipse and was pulled over a few blocks away.
“The driver was issued a notice of infraction for passing through a red light and all the subjects in the vehicle were released,” Donovan said in a statement.
The Salahis first made headlines last November when they made it past security and attended a part of a state dinner for the prime minister of India, even though they were not on the guest list. The couple shook hands with the president and got a picture taken with Vice President Joe Biden at a pre-dinner reception. They posted the photo on Facebook.