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Australian charged after car hits US embassy gates

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A man has been charged and will face court after a car crashed into the gates of the US embassy in the Australian capital Canberra while ambassador Jeffrey Bleich was at home/AFP/File

A man has been charged and will face court Thursday after a car crashed into the gates of the US embassy in the Australian capital Canberra while ambassador Jeffrey Bleich was at home, police said.

The 30-year-old Australian was charged with damaging "the premises of an internationally-protected person".

Police arrived to find the car lodged against the gates Wednesday evening with only minor damage and the diver uninjured.

"As a precaution the policing bomb response team attended and did a check of the vehicle. Nothing of a suspicious nature was located," police said in a statement.

The man was due to face the Australian Capital Territory magistrates court Thursday morning.