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Members of the Secret Service stand near a car on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House on May 6. / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI, AFP/Getty Images

A man arrested this month for driving into the security perimeter at the White House is considering whether to seek evaluation by mental health professionals, his lawyer told a judge Wednesday.

Mathew Goldstein, 55, was arrested May 6 after he followed a presidential motorcade -- one that included President Obama's daughters -- onto Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House.

Goldstein and his attorney appeared at a hearing Wednesday; another hearing is scheduled for early July.

From The Washington Post:

"During a brief appearance in D.C. Superior Court, Mathew Goldstein stood next to his newly hired attorney Thomas Hartnett, as Hartnett explained to a judge that his client was 'discussing' whether to ask that his case be reviewed to determine whether he is eligible for mental health court. ...

"Defendants found eligible for mental health court can ultimately have their charges dropped if they successfully complete all requirements of the court, according to the court's Web site."



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