New video shows the moment a motorist drives through Rincon’s ‘Let Freedom Ring Parade’

Motorist drives through Rincon parade
Motorist drives through Rincon parade
Published: Jun. 25, 2022 at 12:13 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Police say 38-year-old Anthony Rodriguez (per the driver’s Georgia DL) was arrested after driving through Rincon’s Freedom Rings parade Saturday morning.

SOURCE: Aubree Banks

According to police it happened just after 10:20 a.m. Police say Rodriguez purposely drove around a manned barricade and headed straight toward pedestrians on the parade route.

“They started heading to the ditches and I saw horns flying and the guys running and people started yelling,” said parade organizer Susie Davis.

9-year-old Aubree Banks captured the chilling moments on camera.

“The officers kept trying to stop her, but she wouldn’t try to stop. It was just very, very, very weird. It made me feel really scared because I didn’t think that I was going to see this. I just thought it was a normal day, me going to the parade,” said attendee Aubree Banks

Two officers attempted to stop the vehicle and that’s when police say Rodriguez continued around them, narrowly missing bystanders.

Anthony RODRIGUEZ
Anthony RODRIGUEZ(Effingham County)

Police say Rodriguez continued down the parade route heading straight for the sheriff, chief deputy, the Rincon police chief and sergeant. Members of the 3rd ID marching band dove out of the way.

Rodriguez was finally stopped when police say a Rincon K-9 officer drove head-on into Rodriguez’s vehicle.

Police say the officer was injured and is being evaluated at the hospital. The officer’s K-9 did not sustain any injuries.

None of the hundreds of bystanders sustained serious injuries.

GSP is working the accident and Rodriguez was taken to the Effingham County Jail. Police say Rodriguez will likely face numerous charges of aggravated assault. Investigators have not determined a motive yet.

And parade leaders are praising the first responders’ actions for preventing a much larger tragedy.

“You always think it won’t ever happen where you are and I’m disappointed that it happened in Rincon. They’re the ones that leapt into action when this happened. I just couldn’t be more proud of them and I couldn’t feel safer because of the first responders that we have here,” said Davis.

The Rincon Police Department asks that if you have any video of the incident or if you were involved in any way to contact them on Monday to assist in their investigation.

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