Two people suffered “serious” injuries in the accident.
A California woman was charged with attempted murder after passing through a group of dueling protesters during a “Caravan for Justice” event on Saturday afternoon.
“Approximately 30 minutes after the protests began, we began to receive reports of physical altercations that occurred between the two protest groups, including at least one individual who was pepper sprayed by another protester,”
The crowd has grown to around 250 people and due to the violence and “reports of people within the crowd having weapons” the sheriff’s department has declared an assembly illegal.
It was after a dispersal order was given that a woman, identified as Tatiana Turner, walked through a group of protesters, many waving Trump flags, outside Yorba Linda’s public library at around 3pm. local time. Two people, a man and a woman, were hit by the car, both sustaining “serious injuries”. Both are expected to survive, officials said.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Dennis Breckner told Los Angeles ABC station KABC that the woman hit by the vehicle broke both legs.
The white sedan was chased by dozens of protesters who broke several car windows before it was arrested by law enforcement. Dozens of deputies were present for the two protests, which had been scheduled for weeks.
Turner, 40, of Long Beach, was charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon and was incarcerated in Orange County Jail.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has identified Turner as a member of the “Caravan for Justice” event.
Another person at the event, Jason Mancuso, 46, was arrested on suspicion of failing to obey the dispersal order, the sheriff’s office said.
Saturday’s incident occurred two days after one person had been hit by a pickup truck during a protest in Hollywood. Protesters surrounded the truck Thursday night, after which it tried to get away from the situation and hit a person on the street, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
In another incident at the same event, two vehicles crashed into each other when a truck involved in the protests tried to block a white Toyota Prius. The Prius was back in a Mustang as it tried to escape the situation, police said.
No one was arrested in either incident on Thursday and the investigation was ongoing.
Abigail Shalawylo of ABC News contributed to this report.