A Canadian man has been charged with intentionally striking four men with a car during a protest against COVID-19 restrictions, authorities said.
David Alexander Zegarac, 42, allegedly drove a Jeep Patriot through a group of protesters, mowing down the four victims, before taking off Friday night in Winnipeg, CTV News reported.
Police said in a statement that they stopped the vehicle and arrested Zegarac “after a brief struggle.”
The incident sent one man to the hospital, police said, and left three others with minor injuries. The hospitalized man has since been released.
The Winnipeg protest against Covid restrictions is in solidarity with a larger protest in Ottawa, the nation’s capital.
Zegarac “blurted out” statements about the incident after his arrest, Constable Rob Carver, a spokesman for the Winnipeg Police Service, told the Winnipeg Free Press.
He was charged with four counts of assault with a weapon, four counts of leaving the scene of a collision, two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and one count of dangerous driving.
Zegarac was a former member of The Brat Attack, a Winnipeg-based punk band that has performed songs such as “Hey Harper, You Homophobe Anti-Choice F—, Die, Die, Die,” a reference to Stephen Harper, the conservative Canadian politician and former Prime Minister.
“This is class war, you rich white f—ks. Ruling class is s—tout of luck. Your god is f–king dead, I shot him in the head,” the lyrics said.
Police, however, said that Zegarac’s motive in the alleged attack was unclear.
“Some comments he made after his arrest suggested that his motivation was not specifically about the underlying causes of the protest or the mandates,” Carver said.
Zegarac remains in police custody.