VIDEO: SUV drives through crowd of protesters in Midtown; no injuries reported, driver released by police

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July 08, 2020 - 7:13 am

Warning: Video below contains profanity.

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An SUV driver who accelerated through a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters in Midtown on Tuesday night was taken into custody a short time later but ultimately released, police said. No injuries were reported.

Video shows the Dodge Durango driving past protesters and over a barrier of bicycles used to stop traffic at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, near Bryant Park, shortly after 9 p.m.

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At least one bicycle was thrown under the Dodge Durango as the vehicle drove off and protesters chased after it, the video shows.

No one was injured in the incident, although one protester was taken to an area hospital for a panic attack, WABC reported.

The driver drove a few blocks and was stopped by the NYPD and taken to Manhattan South Precinct, police said.

The driver was not arrested and was later released.

Sources said the man told police he fled because he felt threatened as protesters surrounded his vehicle.

In one video of the incident, at least one protester can be heard saying “pop his tire.”

According to the New York Post, now-deleted video shows a man stabbing a rear tire of the SUV before the driver took off.

A protester told WNBC that the bikes had been placed on the street to block off the intersection so protesters could redirect traffic.

“And I looked over from like yelling at the crowd, and I saw my co-organizer who was on skates rolling back. And at first, I’m like, ‘Why is he skating backwards?’ And when I look back the car was going through, like just straight driving through.”

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