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Hate charge: Man drove car at interracial couple

3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 April 24, 2019 10:23 AM April 24, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Nola.com

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man is charged with a hate crime after allegedly running down an interracial couple.

News outlets report Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies say 50-year-old James Descant holds "disdain" for mixed couples. Deputies say the black man and white woman were standing outside a business in Metairie when Descant swerved to hit them.

The man managed to jump out of the way but his girlfriend was struck by Descant's car, suffering injuries to her hip, wrist, and foot. The man told deputies that Descant had used a racist slur to describe their relationship and threatened to kill him before the attack.

Descant was arrested April 17 on charges including a hate crime and aggravated assault. He's also wanted by Kenner police.

It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

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