Driver who hit teenager during Ferguson protest in Minneapolis gets $575 fine


A man who drove through a crowd of protesters in Minneapolis last November, injuring a teenage demonstrator, pleaded guilty to a traffic violation Friday.

KSTP reports that Jeffrey Rice, 41, of St. Paul, will serve a year of probation and pay a $575 fine after pleading guilty to misdemeanor failing to yield to a bicycle or pedestrian. Two other counts were dropped in court.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to the three counts in April.

Rice was on his way home from work when he drove through a crowd of people protesting outside a police station in south Minneapolis in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last year.

Video footage showed his vehicle hit on protester, a 16-year-old girl who was briefly caught under the wheel and suffered minor injuries.

According to the Star Tribune, Rice was charged with the misdemeanors in March after the Hennepin County Attorney's Office decided not to pursue a felony case.

The newspaper adds that Hennepin County District Court Judge Juan Hoyos gave Rice a 90-day jail term that is stayed for one year, provided he does not commit any traffic violations during that time.

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