A woman in New York City apparently ran into a police officer with her vehicle in Manhattan on Wednesday. Authorities noted that the woman said she did it on purpose. She is now being charged with vehicular assault, according to the New York Post.
Sahara Dula, 24, was driving the wrong way on a road in the Upper East Side near a crime scene when the incident occurred. The police were dealing with a group that had stolen from a high-end clothing store when Dula appeared on the road.
When a police officer told Dula to pull over, she apparently rammed into the officer with her black Lexus, according to the report.
“I told the cop I wanted to go straight, and he wouldn’t move, so I hit him. I did it on purpose,” Dula told investigators, according to court documents. The Daily Caller reported part of the road in the area was blocked off because of the robbery.
“F*** these cops! He wouldn’t move!” she reportedly screamed following the incident. “F*** these cops, it’s a lesson to him, and hopefully he doesn’t want to be a cop anymore,” she apparently added.
The New York Police Benevolent Association posted to X: “Another night, another hospital emergency room, this time with our brother police officer who was run down on the Upper East Side. Thankfully he will be OK, but we need all NYers to help us protect the cops who protect your neighborhood.”
Dula was arrested and taken into custody after the tragic incident. Fox News Digital reported court documents show she is being charged with “first-degree attempted assault, attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, second-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and operating a vehicle while ability impaired by drugs and reckless driving.”
During Dula’s Friday arraignment, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Lucy Shephard said she “admitted to smoking marijuana.” Marijuana and rolling papers were discovered in her vehicle at the time of the incident.
Judge John Zhuo Wang reportedly set Dula’s bail at $25,000, but she did not make bail right away.
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry commented on the situation, saying: “We’re glad that this individual is being kept in jail, but we don’t understand why she isn’t being charged with attempted murder.”
“This was a vicious attack. She intentionally tried to run over a New York City police officer. This leniency is why thousands of police officers are being assaulted and attacked on a daily basis.”
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