How Not to Ask for Directions to the White House

In the middle of the night, in a truck with guns and ammo
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2015 5:20 PM CDT
A workers installs metal spikes onto the White House fence on July 1.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Some guys will never ask for directions, and some guys just shouldn't. An example of the latter: The driver of an out-of-state pickup pulled over his truck in Washington, DC, about 2:30am Tuesday and approached a police officer to ask, "Where's the White House," reports the Washington Post. The officer saw a propane tank and what looked like an ammunition box in the truck, and a subsequent search turned up a .44-caliber revolver, a loaded .22-caliber rifle with a scope, a 7mm rifle, a 12-inch knife, and lots of ammunition.

Police charged Steve Oney of Seviervielle, Tennessee, with carrying a gun without a license and with having an unregistered firearm and ammunition, reports NBC Washington. Authorities aren't saying they think Oney was up to anything—he explained that he was just passing through while moving and wanted to see the sights. He's out of luck, though: A judge freed him yesterday with a warning to stay away from congressional buildings. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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