THE driver who attacked MSNBC's Shaquille Brewster has been named as cops say he was likely breaching his probation during his TV rant.
Brewster was reporting live on the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Mississippi when a man, now identified as Benjamin Eugene Dagley, angrily went after him, interrupting the broadcast.
Police in Gulfport, Mississippi, issued an arrest warrant for Dagley, who is from Ohio, on Tuesday, charging the man with two counts of simple assault, one count of disturbance of the peace, and one count of violation of emergency curfew.
When police began looking into Dagley's criminal history, they discovered that he may have broken probation by traveling over state lines, according to Deadline.
Gulfport police believe that Dagley is no longer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and asked for the public's help in tracking him down.
He is believed to be traveling in a white 2016 Ford F150 with an Ohio license plate, number PJR1745.
The shocking video clip of Brewster being accosted on air was shared to Twitter on Monday.
As Brewster talked about how he saw postal workers delivering mail and people walking their dogs back on the beach after Hurricane Ida, the man is seen running up to him from behind.
"The rain has stopped, the wind is still going there. I think we even have a random person going around," Brewster said as the man approached.
The man who ran up to Brewster was heard asking something about "reporting this accurately" as he got closer.
But Brewster reacted calmly and told his live viewers: "You know, I'm going to turn this way because we deal with some people every once in a while."
The 28-year-old reporter then continued on with his report about curfews remaining in effect.
As he continued, the man's loud voice can be heard in the background.
"Craig, I'm gonna toss it back to you because we have a person who needs a little help right now," Brewster told MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin, just moments before the unknown man stepped in his face.
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"Hey! Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey hey," Melvin said as the live video cut back to the newsroom.
Melvin continued: "We're going to check in with Shaq Brewster just to make sure all is well.
"There's a lot of crazy out there. A lot of crazy. We'll make sure Shaq's OK and we'll update you here in just a few moments."
Shortly after the incident, Brewster took to Twitter to give an update.
He wrote: "Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!"
This is apparently not the first time Dagley has been accused of a crime after being caught on camera.
According to a 2017 Cleveland Plain Dealer report, he faced charges after he was caught on tape breaking into an electroplating company he previously owned and drilling holes into chemical tanks.
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