Man who drove truck into group of protesters in Virginia Beach showed up late for court appearance, police say


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Chesapeake man who drove his truck into a group of protesters back in May in Virginia Beach failed to show up on time for a court appearance Tuesday. An arrest warrant was temporarily issued when police thought he was a no-show.

Emanuel “Manny” Wilder was due to be in court after being served with four misdemeanor charges — disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, abusive language and reckless driving — back in June by Norfolk police.

Virginia Beach police said the warrant was eventually withdrawn after Wilder ended up arriving at Virginia Beach District Court at 9:30 a.m. He was then issued a show cause for failure to appear.

Wilder’s case, including the new charge, will now be heard at on September 22 at 8:30 a.m.

Manny Wilder during an interview with 10 On Your Side

WAVY’s Chopper 10 captured one incident involving Wilder from above on May 31, showing Wilder’s red truck narrowly missing a protester in the middle of the road before coming to stop. Protesters then surrounded the truck, with one person getting in front. Wilder continued to accelerate forward and the protester eventually steps aside before Wilder drives away.

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