Police have arrested 20-year-old Maumee, Ohio, resident James Alex Fields, Jr. under suspicion for the crash that killed a woman and injured dozens more at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, CNN reports.
Fields has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of “hit and run attended failure to stop with injury,” according to Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas.
Groups of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and were met by counter-protesters, leading to violence that began Friday night.
Unrest intensified on Saturday, as a vehicle plowed into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one and injuring more than 30 others. Video footage shows a silver Dodge Charger racing down the narrow street, plowing into pedestrians before slamming into two cars. The Charger then threw it into reverse to escape the scene.
Fields, who police say was driving the car, was taken into custody not far from the crash site.
Two Virginia State Police troopers were also killed when a police helicopter assisting with the melee crashed outside of Charlottesville. The incident is under investigation.
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