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Capitol rioter sent back to jail after DWI arrest and AR-15 rifle found in car

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Capitol rioter sent back to jail after DWI arrest and AR-15 rifle found in car

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A man charged with rioting at the US Capitol has been ordered returned to federal custody after authorities say he tried to flee an arrest on suspicion of drunk driving last month and that the police had found an AR-15 rifle in his car.

The man, James Tate Grant, 29, of North Carolina, was on bail amid allegations that he assaulted two police officers during the January 6, 2021 rampage.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly of Washington, DC, revoked the release on Tuesday, saying Grant violated the terms of his release and attempted to flee arrest on Dec. 7, court records show.

In the incident last month, a Garner police officer responded to a restaurant in Wake County, North Carolina at around 5 a.m. and found Grant in his vehicle, according to the motion to have his license revoked. release. He appeared to be intoxicated and the officer opened a DWI investigation, he said.

While being arrested, Grant attempted to flee, according to the filing.

James Tate Grant, who is accused of attacking a Capitol Police officer during the January 6, 2021 riot.justice department

“He then dropped to the ground and said something like ‘Kill me now.’ He then said, ‘It’s over,'” according to the case file and the police report.

From Grant’s car, police recovered an AR-15 assault rifle, 60 rounds, weapon accessories and combat gear, according to court documents.

Grant was charged with impaired driving, according to court documents and the police report. The DWI case is pending in Wake County District Court.

Grant’s detention motion also said he provided urine samples that tested positive for amphetamines in October and November.

The motion read: “He was caught driving drunk with an assault rifle and over 60 rounds in his vehicle, and initially attempted to flee from law enforcement. He did not There are no conditions or combinations of conditions that would ensure the safety of the community and Grant’s presence in court should he remain free.”

Kelly granted the motion on Tuesday, saying Grant violated the conditions of his release, which prohibit possession of firearms, excessive alcohol consumption and use of narcotics or other controlled substances.

Grant’s attorney, Peter Cooper, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cooper told WUSA-TV from Washington, DC, that Grant’s behavior was due to stress and untreated mental health issues.

Grant and co-defendant Ryan Samsel were the first two people to walk through a police barricade in a restricted area near Peace Circle during the riot, signaling the Trump mob to follow them, charging documents say. .

Grant was also videotaped pushing a metal barricade against a Capitol Police officer and defending other rioters, the documents show.

The motion to revoke Grant’s release stated: “Grant’s underlying conduct in this case involved crimes of violence, specifically the assault of two different USCP officers. … He also entered into the U.S. Capitol and entered at least two private Senate offices.”

He faces numerous charges stemming from the riot, including assaulting, resisting or obstructing certain officers from using a dangerous weapon or inflicting bodily harm, civil disorder and an act of physical violence in the grounds or the Capitol buildings.

He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Capitol rioter sent back to jail after DWI arrest and AR-15 rifle found in car

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