Driver of pickup at BLM protest faces charges

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MANCHESTER — The driver of the truck who drove through kneeling protesters in the town roundabout during a Black Lives Matter protest June 7 has been charged in the case.

Dustin F. Tobin, 29, of Pawlet was charged with negligent operation and recklessly endangering another person, both misdemeanors.

Manchester Police Officer Ryan Matteson said the charges are the result of Tobin driving into the opposing lane of travel to get around stopped traffic and then driving into the roundabout occupied by protesters.

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According to an MPD press release, Manchester Police Officers responded to multiple calls of protesters blocking the roundabout at the intersection of Depot Street and Main Street about 5:30 p.m. June 7.

When officers arrived, they found about 30 people kneeling in the roadway.

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The protesters cleared the road within 30 seconds of the officer's arrival.

But while there, many of the protesters told officers about a truck that drove through the roundabout while protesters were still in the road.

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There were no injuries.

The driver of the truck, Tobin, had waited at the scene and spoke with the officers.

Through interviews and video evidence "officers determined that the operator Dustin F. Tobin, operated his motor vehicle on a public highway in a negligent manner. Tobin's actions were also determined to be reckless in nature and placed another person in danger of death or serious bodily injury."

Tobin was cited to appear in Bennington County Superior Court, Criminal Division at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 3 to answer to the charges.Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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