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Man charged with reckless driving near downtown Columbia protesters

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

A Fayette man has been charged in Columbia's municipal court after an incident during a downtown protest this month.

City prosecutor Robert Rinck said he charged Sebastian Tucker on Friday with careless and imprudent driving and resisting arrest. Columbia police say Tucker drove onto the sidewalk at Broadway and Sixth Street to avoid demonstrations taking place in the road.

ABC 17 News crews saw Tucker come back to the scene, where officers stopped him. After talking with Tucker inside of his truck, the officers pulled him out and walked him over to the police cruiser where he was handcuffed.

Tucker did not have an attorney of record as of Wednesday afternoon. Court administrator Andrea Wymer said his next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2.

Tucker is the second person to face charges for actions at protests that have gone on for several weeks. Boone County prosecutors charged Jeffrey Cotton with unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly starting fires in the road at Providence Road and Broadway on June 1.

Police claim Cotton told them he was angry for previous damage done to his car, but said others also started fires.

Lucas Geisler

Lucas Geisler anchors the 5 p.m. show for ABC 17 News and reports on the latest news around mid-Missouri at 9 and 10 p.m.

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