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A police car-chase has ended with the suspect driving into Capitol Police cruisers and other vehicles near Capitol Hill, in the latest security scare in the US capital.

The suspect is now in custody.

The incident began at about 9:30am (2.30pm Irish Time) today, Wednesday, when police began chasing a vehicle near the Library of Congress and ended about a half-mile away when the vehicle was stopped by a road barricade and police fired shots.

The suspect hit police cruisers and civilian vehicles before being trapped and apprehended, Fox News is told.

It remains unclear why police started following the car.

The chase went past the Rayburn House Office Building, on Independence Avenue and occurred during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, the height of Washington’s tourist season.

The incident near the Capitol comes on the heels of multiple recent cases of people jumping the fence at the White House.

On Sunday, a 38-year-old woman who had tried to jump a White House security fence last week, scaled a fence near the Treasury Building. Secret Service agents arrested her around 2:15 a.m.

Earlier this month, a suspect named Jonathan Tuan Tran allegedly scaled two fences and a security gate to get on the White House grounds before he was arrested. Also this month,  another man was arrested after jumping over a bike rack in an attempt to surmount the fence and still another suspect was arrested for allegedly making a false bomb threat at a Secret Service checkpoint.