Mark Colao, of St. Louis, was indicted by a grand jury on several misdemeanors after allegedly driving his car through a group of protesters in the Grove neighborhood on Aug. 23, 2017.

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Man Who Drove Through Grove Protest Given Probation

July 06, 2018 - 10:20 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A St. Louis man who drove his car into a protest last year was placed on one year of probation after pleading guilty to three misdemeanors.

60-year-old Mark Calao drove his car through protesters who were in a street in the city's Grove neighborhood last August. The protest was being held after a nearby vigil to honor Kenny Herring, a transgender woman fatally shot by St. Louis police the day before the vigil.

Police have said Herring was shot after stabbing a man and attacking an officer with a knife.

Colao's attorney said his client was scared and made poor decisions and "should have made a U-turn'' instead of driving into the crowd.