A North Carolina man was arrested Monday after footage showed an SUV running over a Black Lives Matter protester during a rally in Tennessee on Saturday.
Jared Benjamin Lafer, 37, handed himself in to police and was charged with one count of aggravated assault, officials said.
A clip posted to Facebook over the weekend had shown the moment demonstrator Jonathan Bowers, 31, was hit standing in a crosswalk in Johnson City.
The driver of the Ford Expedition, later identified by police as Lafer, heads straight at the protester, knocking him to the ground before driving over him and leaving the scene.
Lafer's attorney confirmed his wife and his three young children under the age of six were all in the car with him, adding: 'He did what he felt was necessary to get out of a situation that he felt was dangerous to his family.'
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Jared Benjamin Lafer, pictured, has been charged with one count of aggravated assault
Footage shows as the demonstrator was hit in Johnson City on Saturday. The driver of the SUV, later identified as Lafer by police, heads straight at the protester, knocking him to the ground before driving over him and leaving the scene
In the clip the protester is seen standing in front of the SUV, along with at least one other demonstrator.
It is not known what led up to the incident but the driver then mows the demonstrator down.
After knocking the protester to the ground the motorist drives over his legs before fleeing the scene.
A second protester with a dog can be seen standing just yards away.
The person recording the footage says 'o my god' as other protesters then rush to helped the man mowed down.