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The harrowing incident in Charlottesville where a driver of a Dodge Challenger rammed the vehicle into a throng of protesters has yielded an arrest. James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio was arrested and charged with second-degree murder among lesser charges.

TMZ reports:

The alleged driver of the car that plowed into a group of counterprotesters in Charlottesville has been charged with one count of second-degree murder … TMZ has learned.

The suspect’s been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Ohio man. He’s facing the second-degree murder charge, along with three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in death … according to the superintendent of the Albemarle Regional Jail.

In disturbing video of the crash … the suspect Fields appears to deliberately drive his Dodge Challenger into a group of counterprotesters walking down the street, then floors it in reverse in an attempt to flee. He was captured shortly after.

The woman killed in the assault was 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Fields has been denied bond in relation to the murder charge.

Photo: Albemarle Regional Jail

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