By Nate Thayer
August 12, 2017
The car that plowed through crowds of anti-white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday is owned by a neo-Nazi sympathizer and activist from Ohio with connections to far right extremist groups, numerous documents and other white nationalists confirm.
A 32 year-old woman was killed and 19 injured in the incident.
The 2010 Dodge Challenger that killed one woman and injured 19 other is owned by James Alex Fields, Jr, 20, of Maumee, Lucas County, Ohio, according to official Ohio vehicle documents.
A James Fields of Oklahoma, who also was in attendance supporting the “Unite the Right” demonstration in Charlottesville, is a member of the Confederate Regulators, a far right-wing ‘Flagger’ group with connections to ‘Militia’, ‘Survivalist’, and ‘3%er’ political groups. Fields is listed as a “General” in the 45th Oklahoma branch of the Confederate Regulators.
Fields of Oklahoma is also a member of the mainstream Confederate Resistance group, which supports the continued display of the Confederate flag.
The Dodge Challenger which appeared to deliberately run over counter protestors Saturday, Vehicle Identification Number 2B3CJ44DV8AH111921, title number 4804950797, Ohio license plate number ‘GVF 1111’, was most recently registered less than two months ago on June 15, 2017 to James Alex Fields, Jr of Maumee, Ohio .
Referring to James Fields of Oklahoma, Ku Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Richard Nichols of Tennessee said “He has been active with neo-Nazi’s, corresponding with the National Socialist Movement. He is not Klan, more of a ‘3 percenter’ hooked up with Militia groups.”
The Ohio driver of the Dodge Challenger “basically put White Nationalists in worse shape than we started from this morning,” said Nichols of Pulaski, Tennessee, referring to the demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia where clashes and violence Saturday resulted the death of a 32 year-old Charlottesville woman and at least 35 injuries, and in the state of Virginia declaring a State of Emergency.
At first, White Nationalist organizers tried to blame the incident on “anti fascist” counter protestors. “It is not NSM (National Socialist Movement). We believe antifa ran their own people over,” said Ken Parker, NSM Region 3 Director.
22-year-old University of Virginia student Matt Korbon told the Associated Press several hundred counter-protesters were marching when “suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound” and a silver Dodge Challenger “smashed into another car, then backed up, barreling through a sea of people.”
Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said that the driver of the car was in custody, but declined to provide the driver’s name. Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said that 35 people were injured during clashes on Saturday.
Photographs and video clearly identified the license plate number of the vehicle running over counter-protestors at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on August 12. Public records searches of the Ohio license plate number GVF 1111 show the vehicle is registered to James Alex Fields, 20, who purchased the vehicle in Kentucky in July 2015 and re-registered and titled the Dodge Challenger in Maumee, Ohio in 2016 and June 2017.
James Fields of Oklahoma, according to White Nationalist activists who know him, is active in the far-right wing amalgam of off-the-grid political movements associated with the “Sovereign Citizen”, “Militia”, and “3 Percenter”, and neo-Nazi movements who routinely use the issue of supporting the public display of the Confederate Flag and Confederate Monuments to attach themselves to more mainstream “Flagger” organizations.
Throughout the day, after the Dodge Challenger ran through the crowd at over 40 miles per hour, the internet was alit with speculation, rumor, and false information.
A Michigan man, whose parents bought him the same Dodge Challenger several years ago, had his name, home address, and phone number broadcast over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to millions, some of whom then inundated him with hateful messages and telephone calls, including death threats.
Updated and corrected August 13 to make clear that James Fields of Ohio, who was arrested for driving his vehicle through crowds of counter demonstrators, killing one and injuring 19, and James Fields of Oklahoma, who was also in Charlottesville, are two separate persons.