A horrifying report has surfaced in California.
64-year-old William Aslaksen has been arrested after he allegedly argued with protesters at a rally before getting into his vehicle, according to witnesses.
Deputy Trina Schrader said in a statement, “A witness stated a man disagreed with the protest, entered his vehicle and intentionally drove toward the protesters.”
“The suspect then drove away westbound and out of view,” she added.
A group of people had gathered in Southern California to protest coronavirus vaccine mandates.
The Los Angeles Times confirmed that “William Aslaksen was arrested about 90 minutes after the incident.”
The incident occurred about 3:25 p.m. at the intersection of 10th Street West and Rancho Vista Boulevard, officials said.
Aslaksen was booked into the Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale station on suspicion of felony assault.
He is being held there Sunday in lieu of $50,000 bail, inmate records show.
The injured woman, who is in her 40s, was taken to a hospital because of injuries that were not life-threatening, Schrader said. Her name was not released.
The Legal Advocate reported that the case is likely to be seen as road rage:
The reckless actions of Mr. Aslaken, which resulted in the victim’s injuries, can be described as road rage, which is a form of reckless driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road rage occurs when a driver commits a combination of moving traffic offenses to endanger other persons or property. Road rage is a factor in more than 50 percent of all car crashes that end in fatality, according to the AAA. Road rage episodes result in about 30 deaths and 1,800 injuries per year.