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Police request help finding man accused of driving through protesters at Oceanfront

An arrest warrant was issued for Emanuel Wilder after he missed his second court date. He was charged after speeding through a crowd of protesters back in May.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The man who's accused of speeding through a crowd of demonstrators at the Oceanfront failed to appear in court again to answer for charges related to the incident.

Emanuel Wilder is wanted after missing his court date Tuesday morning. He's been charged with several misdemeanors after allegedly driving through a group of Black Lives Matter protestors on Atlantic Avenue back in May. 

Virginia Beach police are asking for the public's help in tracking him down. They say they don't have any current information on where he may be staying.

He showed up an hour late to his first hearing back in July after he was initially charged with reckless driving, abusive language, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

The May 31 protest was one of the first in Virginia Beach following the death of George Floyd.

Wilder's Sept. 22 court date was supposed to be continued to a later date, but he needed to show up when the continuance was issued and to also answer for failing to appear in court the first time. Now, a warrant is out for his arrest.

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