Driver arrested after attempting to plow through protesters in California

A man tried to push through a group of immigration protesters in Brea.

— -- The driver of a car who tried to plow through a group of immigration protesters in California was arrested and held briefly after a chaotic scene in the middle of a street on Thursday afternoon.

A group of protesters had assembled in Brea, California outside the office of U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., to protest immigration rights when a driver attempted to push through the crowd, which was stopping traffic, according to ABC station KABC in Los Angeles.

Video of the incident, shot by SEIU United Service Workers West, shows the sedan -- which was stopped in front of the protesters -- attempting to slowly push through the union group. Protesters can be seen banging on the side of the car, and one person even jumps on the hood before police on foot pull over the driver.

There did not appear to be any serious injuries, but union president David Huerta told KABC that six people went to the hospital for evaluation. Huerta called the incident a "deliberate and hateful crime," KABC said.

Police are seen reaching into the car and removing the driver's keys and shoving protesters away from the car, before making the arrest.

However, the driver, 56-year-old Daniel Wenzek, was only briefly held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, according to KABC. Wenzek was later released pending further investigation of the incident.