Chesapeake man pleads guilty to driving truck through Oceanfront protest crowd

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 12:12:00-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A Chesapeake man accused of driving a truck through a crowd of protesters in Virginia Beach pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Emanuel William Wilder, 20, was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, abusive language and reckless driving after a May 31 incident in which he was caught on video speeding through a crowd at the Oceanfront.

In the 25-second clip, a shirtless white male is seen in a disputation with people in the first half of the video. In the second half of the video, the same man is shown driving the truck down the street while people rushed to safety.

Wilder's driver's license will be suspended for two years. He will also pay $1,856 in extradition costs for failure to appear, as well as a $50 fine for cursing in public.