Authorities have arrested the driver of the silver Dodge Charger that plowed through a crowd of protesters at an Alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday afternoon. The incident left one person dead and at least 19 injured, as authorities continued to try to break up the rally that has brought to life clashes between white nationalist groups and counter-protesters at Emancipation park.
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The Unite the Right rally which was planned for 12:00 pm Saturday to protest the removal of confederate monuments, however, the violence between the groups prompted Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency and shutdown the protest.
More than 500 left park, however groups of alt-right activists and counter-protesters remained at the park until police put on gas masks and stepped up efforts to disperse the crowds.
As the groups continued to disperse, that’s when the driver plowed through the crowd running over several protesters in a shopping mall area privy to foot traffic before crashing into two vehicles and fleeing the scene.
Authorities were able to catch up to the driver after a slow speed chase and take him into custody. No information on the driver has been released, though it was noted that the vehicle used to mow down several anti- racism protesters had Ohio plates.
BREAKING: One killed, 19 injured after car plows into pedestrians on Downtown Mall. https://t.co/dTT98oxI4x
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