Local man accused of crashing Jeep near White House waives right to speedy trial


The Kettering man accused of crashing his Jeep into steel barriers near the White House earlier this year waived his right to a speedy trial Wednesday as both the defense and prosecution asked for more time to review evidence in the case.

Both sides, however, left room for the possibility that Joseph Reel, 32, may enter a plea as soon as Oct. 4, when he is scheduled to return to court.

At a status hearing before District Judge Rudolph “Rudy” Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Wednesday, Reel’s court-appointed attorney, Tony Miles, said Reel “might be prepared” for a resolution during the next court appearance.

“That would be nice,” Contreras replied.

Reel, clad in an orange jump suit, did not speak during the hearing, which lasted fewer than five minutes.

Secret Service police say that in the early morning of June 9, Reel rigged the accelerator of his 2008 Jeep Patriot to travel as fast as 45 mph without a driver. The Jeep slammed into a light post, a steel bike rack and a barrier near the White House.

Shortly after that, police say, Secret Service officers saw a man – identified later as Reel - jump the fence next to an office building on White House grounds. They say his intention was to spray paint the phrase “don’t tread on me” somewhere on White House grounds.

Police said they later found a wide range of weapons in Reel’s Kettering home — including a Glock 21 .45-caliber pistol, a Taurus .22-caliber firearm, a spiked baseball bat, a sword, spear, two ballistics vests, four hunting knives and a gas mask. They also found a YouTube video of him talking about his plans.

See photos from inside the Jeep here.


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