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Salahis try to gate-crash again

world Updated: May 20, 2010 23:04 IST

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This time the party-loving Michaele and Tareq Salahis, the infamous couple who gatecrashed into the State Dinner that President Barack Obama hosted for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House, didn't make it to the door.

Michaele and Tareq Salahi were stopped in their limo by the Secret Service on Wednesday night a few blocks from the White House.

It was not immediately clear where the Virginia-based social climbers were heading, but officials suspect they were trying to crash another Obama state dinner - this time in honor of Mexican president Felipe Calderon.

The Salahis were pulled over when their chauffeur ran a red light and signalled to turn into a restricted area, Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said.

The limo driver was ticketed for running a red light and allowed to depart - with the Salahis - for destination unknown, US media reports said.

The Salahis were dressed to impress - he in a snazzy suit, she in a white mink coat, officials said.

The publicity-hungry couple is under investigation for crashing Obama's dinner for Singh on November 24 last year, even though they were not on a guest list.

They were being trailed by Bravo reality TV cameras when they slipped past the Secret Service and got inside. The fakers were even photographed doing the grip-and-grin with an unsuspecting Obama.

The Secret Service didn't realise they'd been snookered until Michaele Salahi posted photos of herself at the fete on her Facebook page.

"These people should not have gotten through the gate," an irked Obama said later.

The Salahis stunt ultimately cost White House social secretary Desiree Rogers her job.