Man accused of driving through crowd of protesters pleaded not guilty to assault, reckless driving

Michael Tran Striking Protesters
Posted at 3:29 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 19:10:01-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Michael Tran, 31, has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count reckless driving causing injury after he allegedly drove a car through a crowd of protesters in Downtown Bakersfield.

Tran is accused of driving through a crowd and injuring a 15-year-old girl during George Floyd protests on May 29. Several protesters caught video of the incident as the vehicle sped through the street before turning around and going back towards the crowd.

This is not Tran's first run-in with law enforcement. He has a prior strike from 2018 after he assaulted a man with a tire iron at a doughnut shop.

Tran is due back in court on July 16. His bail has been set at $1 million.