Man with ammunition arrested outside Capitol

Friday, June 6th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man was arrested outside the Capitol Friday for carrying unregistered ammunition in his car, a police spokeswoman said.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Jessica Gissubel said police stopped the car as it was traveling on Constitution Avenue on the north side of the Capitol because it had a gasoline container strapped to its roof. The man, who was not identified, voluntarily handed over the ammunition, described as a shotgun shell. It is illegal to carry unregistered ammunition in the District of Columbia.

A Capitol Police hazardous materials team was sent in to inspect the vehicle after a police dog smelled something suspicious, but no explosives were found, Gissubel said.

Constitution Avenue and adjacent streets were briefly closed while police inspected the car, a late-model Oldsmobile with California plates.