Saturday, January 12, 2013

When Slurs Trigger Assaults

Just happened in Wilmington, NC:

A Wilmington man intentionally drove his car into a restaurant late Friday night, injuring at least one patron before fleeing the scene.

Officials with New Hanover County dispatch received a call around 10:40 p.m. Friday that a dark green Honda Civic had crashed through the front of Katy’s Great Eats, 1054 S. College Road, and then fled.

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department located the car a short time later. The driver, 26-year-old Jacob Spivey, admitted he’d driven through the restaurant intentionally trying to harm a female patron who had made a disparaging remark about his political beliefs.

“That upset him,” said Lt. Mary Green with the WPD. “Spivey intentionally drove over the curb and onto the patio with the intent to seriously injure the female.”

The woman, described as being in her 40s, was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with severe lacerations and broken bones. Her injuries were not life-threatening, Green said.

And I don't think you can classify a Honda Civic as an "assault vehicle."

I guess it will come to this more and more as the two competing ideologies of the US become more hostile to each other.

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