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Police say man runs from car crash and into Russian Embassy

A man fleeing a traffic accident early Thursday in Northwest Washington tried to escape police by climbing over the wall of the Russian Embassy on Wisconsin Avenue and was quickly arrested, according to authorities.

The man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated, according to Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman.

D.C. police identified the driver as 34-year-old Michael Worley of Northwest, and said he was charged in a citation and released ahead of his next court appearance.

The U.S. Secret Service looked into the matter, but a spokesman said federal authorities declined to charge Worley with trespassing at the embassy.

Alali said the accident occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of Massachusetts Ave. NW., near Garfield Street. He said Worley got out of the car and ran away.

He said a D.C. police officer spotted him about 1:45 a.m. in the 2500 block of Wisconsin Ave. Worley ran behind an apartment building, emerged back onto Wisconsin and either climbed or jumped over a fence, “not realizing it was the actual Russian Embassy,” Alali said.

In November 2009, Worley was convicted of operating a vehicle while impaired and given a suspended 30-day jail sentence, according to court records. He violated the terms of his release, court documents show, and in March 2010 a judge revoked his probation and sent him to jail for a month.

Worley could not be reached for comment in telephone calls to a number listed for him in Northwest.

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