Driver charged with hate crime for hitting black man with car: cops

A California man has been charged with a hate crime after police say he hit a black man with his car over the weekend.

Zackary Miller, 23, reportedly rammed into the man with a silver car on Sunday after the victim confronted Miller about hitting his side-view mirror moments earlier, police told the Sacramento Bee.

Miller and others inside a blue Pontiac parked nearby hurled racial slurs at the victim and accused him of trying to get money from them, police said.

Miller then reportedly backed up the silver car and hit the victim, knocking him to the ground, before speeding off. The victim’s phone broke in the incident, KRCR reported.

When the victim got up and approached the blue Pontiac, that vehicle backed into him, throwing him to the ground a second time, police said.

Police were able to identify Miller as the driver of the silver car by using a photo of the car’s license plate the victim snapped prior to being hit. It’s not clear whether Miller owned the car, though police identified him as the driver.

Police learned that Miller, who had two active felony warrants for his arrest and is currently on post-release community supervision for possession of a concealed dagger, resided in a home known for criminal activity. Police arrived at the home for a probation search Sunday afternoon and surrounded the property with the help of the California Highway Patrol Air Operations Division.

Three people allegedly attempted to run from the home but scrambled back inside after realizing police had surrounded it. One of the residents also tried to toss baggies of suspected drugs onto the roof, police said. During the search, bags of methamphetamine were found, according to authorities.

Police detained Miller along with 13 others — four of whom had warrants out for their arrest. Police did not publicly identify the others who were arrested.

Police arrested Miller for assault with a deadly weapon, a hate crime enhancement, possession of illegal drugs for sales and a probation hold, as well as the two felony warrants against him, KRCR reported.

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