One person was taken to a nearby hospital before being released, while three others sustained minor injures after a man drove an SUV through a Freedom Truckers protest on Friday evening.
The Freedom Truckers convoy began on January 23, and grew into a protest of hundreds of thousands of people as it made its way to Canada’s capital in Ottawa on January 29.
The convoy of demonstrators was there to protest COVID-19 mandates and regulations.
Police in Winnipeg said the driver, who was not immediately named, used his Jeep Patriot to plow through the crowd protesting vaccine mandates at the Legislative grounds before fleeing the scene at high speeds.
The driver was eventually caught by police and arrested after a brief struggle, according to authorities.
‘A 42yr old male is facing charges after driving through a group of protesters that were part of the Freedom Convoy at the Legislative grounds,’ the Winnipeg Police tweeted Saturday.
‘Four adult males were struck.’
Video of the horrific incident has since circulated on social media, showing a group of protesters as several are struck by the Jeep, with many chasing the vehicle as it sped from the scene.
The 42-year-old male from Headingly, Manitoba, faces charges of four counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of dangerous operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm, one count of dangerous operation of a conveyance, two counts of failure to stop after the accident, and two counts of failure to stop at the scene of an accident.