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A Louisiana Pastor, who went against the state’s measures by holding services that drew large gatherings, was arrested after he nearly hit a protester with a church bus.

Pastor Tony Spell, of the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, was accused by the authorities of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon as well as improper backing of a vehicle during the Sunday incident.

According to officials, Spell was seen in a video backing a church bus toward a protestor before stopping some feet away from him.

The protestor, Trey Bennett, said that he had been demonstrating outside the church since Easter Sunday because Spell flouted the coronavirus measures and continued holding in-person services with many followers.

Spell had been arrested in March and charged with six misdemeanor counts for violating the stay-at-home order.

One of the parishioners who attended services at the church reportedly succumbed to coronavirus last week.

Health officials urged Louisiana residents to take the social distancing measures seriously to avoid contracting the deadly virus.