Driver facing felony charge, accused of striking protester with his vehicle

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Bowling Green man is accused of striking a protester twice with the 2015 Chevy Silverado 4X4 he was driving Friday afternoon.

About 100 people gathered Friday in downtown Bowling Green to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Protesters marched down Kentucky Street in front of the Bowling Green Police Department with protesters shouting “black lives matter.” Some of the protesters had one of the northbound lanes of traffic stopped.

Bowling Green police officers saw James B. Hunton, 24, of Bowling Green drive north in the 900 block of Kentucky Street during the protest, according to his arrest citation.

As he approached a group of protesters, he slowed his driving but officers saw him hit a woman who was walking in the protest, according to his citation. She threw her arms up in the air “in disgust at Hunton” after she was struck. Officers then saw Hunton hit the same woman a second time.

There was an open northbound lane that Hunton could have used to drive around the protesters, according to the citation.

Police immediately stopped Hunton and read him his rights, according to the citation. When asked if his truck struck the woman, Hunton said, “probably so, there were protesters blocking the f…… road, they deserved to be hit, anybody would,” the citation reads.

The woman told police she was hit twice in the torso and leg area.

Hunton is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, which is a felony.

He was booked into the Warren County Regional Jail at 6 p.m. and as of 8:42 p.m. had no bond.