Woman arrested after she pretended to be a law enforcement officer at DC security checkpoint

D.C checkpoint. Photo: Wusa9, via Abc10
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A Connecticut woman was arrested at an inauguration checkpoint Saturday morning after she allegedly attempted to bluff her way past the security checkpoint by pretending to be a law enforcement officer, authorities said.

Linda Magovern, 63, was arrested after she said she was an officer and “a part of the presidential cabinet,” and presented a military police challenge coin, according to the report.

“The Suspect presented what was identified as a military challenge coin, and stated that she was a law enforcement officer.  As the USCP officers questioned the Suspect, she drove off in the vehicle, and again was stopped at 50 Massachusetts Avenue”, the US Capitol Police wrote in a statement.

The woman was arrested and charged with False Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer, Failure to Obey an Officer, and Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer.

She was made to undergo psychiatric evaluation and was placed in custody at a USCP cell block, authorities said.

The arrest came less than 24 hours after a Virginia man was arrested at the same inauguration checkpoint.

The man, identified as Wesley Allen Beeler, 31, was arrested at the checkpoint near Lower Senate Park about 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to the report. He allegedly declared that he had a Glock handgun under an armrest, and a subsequent search found nearly 550 rounds of ammunition, including a loaded magazine, clipped into the Glock, with 16 rounds.

Security in Washington, D.C. ahead of inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday January 20. More than 25,000 National Guard members are currently in D.C. as of Sunday afternoon.


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