Video: Watch Horrifying Moment Driver Plowed Into Black Lives Matter Protesters In Seattle

A 27-year-old man drove a white Jaguar onto a closed freeway in Seattle early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, critically injuring two women, officials said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Dawit Kelete of Seattle drove the car around vehicles that were blocking Interstate 5 and sped into the crowd at about 1:40am, according to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Video taken at the scene by protesters showed people shouting 'Car! Car!' before fleeing the roadway.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle and Diaz Love, 32, of Bellingham were in critical condition with multiple injuries, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Love was filming the protest in a nearly two-hour-long Facebook livestream captioned 'Black Femme March takes I-5' when the video ended abruptly; with about 15 seconds left, shouts of 'Car!' can be heard as the camera starts to shake before screeching tires and the sound of impact are heard.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The driver, who was alone in the Jaguar, fled the scene after hitting the protesters, Trooper Chase Van Cleave told The Associated Press.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

One of the protesters got in a car and chased the driver for about a mile. He was able to stop him by pulling his car in front of the Jaguar, Van Cleave said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Troopers arrived and the driver was put in custody, Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Kelete was booked into the King County Correctional Facility at 7:24am on Saturday on two counts of vehicular assault.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Bail was denied. It was not immediately clear if Kelete had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Officials were trying to determine the motive as well as where he got onto the interstate, which had been closed by the state patrol for more than an hour before the women were hit.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Mead said they suspect Kelete drove the wrong way on a ramp. Trooper Rick Johnson said the driver went through a barrier that closed the freeway before striking the women.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Troopers did not know whether it was a targeted attack, but impairment was not considered a factor, Mead said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Mead said the unnamed man faces multiple felony charges and was suspected to have come entered the interstate the wrong way on a ramp. The road was closed due to the protests.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

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