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    White Nationalist Arrested for Public Swearing, Intoxication
    Vice News Tonight via AP
    FILE - This Aug. 11, 2017, image made from a video provided by Vice News Tonight, Christopher Cantwell attends a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

    A white nationalist who was charged in connection with a torch-lit rally at the University of Virginia last year has been arrested for public swearing and intoxication last month.

    Leesburg police spokesman Sam Shenouda tells WTOP-FM an officer observed 37-year-old Christopher Cantwell of Keene, New Hampshire, stumbling while trying to cross a street and smelled a strong odor of alcohol.

    Cantwell was arrested March 31 and released on his own recognizance. However, WVIR-TV reports a judge ruled Thursday that Cantwell will be incarcerated until he gets an alcohol bracelet.

    Cantwell had told The Associated Press he pepper-sprayed a counter-demonstrator in self-defense during the Aug. 11 protest, a day before the larger white nationalist rally. He had been out on a $25,000 bond. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

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    (Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019)

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