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In this still image taken from video and released by Unite Here Local 11, demonstrators try to stop a motorist from driving his car into an immigrant rights rally in Brea, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Brea police Chief Jack Conklin said none of the demonstrators sought first aid. The demonstrators were marching to urge Republican Rep. Ed Royce to support an existing temporary immigration program for citizens of several Central American countries, said Andrew Cohen, a spokesman for Unite Here Local 11. The driver was arrested. (Antonio Mendoza/Unite Here Local 11 via AP)

A man drove his car into protesters outside GOP Rep. Ed Royce's office


A car drove into immigration protesters outside Rep. Ed Royce’s (R-CA) office in Brea Thursday afternoon, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The Times on Thursday reported that the alleged driver, 56-year-old Daniel Wenzek of Brea, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Lt. Kelly Carpenter of the Brea Police Department said that Wenzek was booked and released pending further investigation.

Carpenter added that police are urging any witnesses or those who were injured to come forward, noting that no victims have done so yet.

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“[Royce] condemns in the strongest possible terms any and all violence,” spokesman Steven Smith said in a statement.

“[Royce’s staff members] remain committed to meeting with all constituents who wish to voice their opinions in a civil and respectful manner,” he added.

Smith also noted that Royce was on his way to the airport to fly back to California from Washington, D.C. when the incident occurred.

Organizers said that several hundred people were protesting outside Royce’s office before the event.

Protesters were trying to deliver letters to Royce describing what losing their temporary protected immigrant status would mean to them, according to one organizer.

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“There were definitely a lot of drivers who were laying on their horns and getting pretty irate,” Andrew Cohen, communications specialist for the organization Unite Here, said of the moments before the collision.

Video of the moment shows a small group of protesters at a traffic circle around the intersection of Birch Street and Brea Boulevard.

A blue sedan then slowly begins to creep forward, leading some protesters to place their hands on the hood and try halting it.

The vehicle next begins accelerating, resulting in at least one protester jumping onto its hood as others scream in the background.

Police ultimately stop the car in the intersection when one officer hits the hood with a nightstick.

David Huerta of the SEUI United Service Workers West labor union said that “several” of his members went to the hospital following the collision.

Huerta provided no further information about injuries, however, before adding his group plans to have a news conference about immigration reform outside Royce’s office on Friday.

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