Case dismissed against man who drove through Vancouver protesters

Clark County

Witnesses said Billy Wilson nearly hit counter-protesters gathered in the street after a Patriot Prayer demonstration

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Billy Wilson was arrested after allegedly driving his pickup through a crowd of protesters in Vancouver, Sept. 10, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A judge in southwestern Washington has dismissed charges against a Portland man who drove through a crowd opposing a right-wing group’s rally in downtown Vancouver.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 33-year-old Billy Wilson was charged with reckless driving and reckless endangering in February 2018, five months after witnesses said he nearly hit counter-protesters gathered in the street after a Patriot Prayer demonstration.

The incident invoked comparisons to a month before when a woman was killed and 19 others were injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, by a man driving his car through a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally.

Vancouver police said officers didn’t have enough evidence of a crime to arrest him. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and pursued charges.

Wilson’s attorney D. Angus Lee says the reckless endangerment charges were dismissed in July and the remaining charges on Wednesday.

Clark County prosecutor James Smith didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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