Man Arrested for Driving Car Through Immigration Marchers in California

A demonstrator in Brea, Calif., after jumping on the hood of a car moving through a crowd
(Photo: Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES — Police arrested a man Thursday after he slowly drove his car through a group of immigration policy demonstrators in Brea, Calif., about 30 miles south of Los Angeles.

Video of the incident shows marchers surrounding the man’s car at an intersection. He then drives ahead as one marcher hops on the hood and keeps moving until he encounters a group of police officers. The driver halts the car and officers quickly surround the vehicle and push back the crowd. One officer appears to reach through the open driver’s side window to remove the keys from the ignition.

Police said no one was injured, but the man’s motivation for driving through the group of demonstrators wasn’t entirely clear.

“I think he was trying to get through the crowd,” police Lt. Adam Hawley was quoted as saying by The Associated Press. “We don’t have any indication he was trying to harm somebody.”

The driver was identified by officers as Daniel Wenzek, 56, He was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, Hawley said, and was later released.

By Chris Woodyard for USA TODAY
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