One Police officer reportedly suffered serious injuries after a driver intentionally ran him over while driving the wrong way.
Sahara Dula, 24, allegedly struck a New York Police Department (NYPD) police officer with her car in Manhattan, New York, Wednesday and said she did it intentionally, authorities report.
A woman is facing charges after video showed her barrel into an NYPD officer while behind the wheel of her vehicle, and police said she did so intentionally. https://t.co/NAkix1tHfU
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According to Fox News, Dula was driving her black Lexus the wrong way on the Upper East Side on Wednesday while high on marijuana when she ran into the officer.
“I told the cop I wanted to go straight, and he wouldn’t move, so I hit him. I did it on purpose,” Dula later told investigators.
The alleged incident was caught on camera by another driver’s dashcam. The footage shows Dula driving her vehicle the wrong way while officers were in the area investigating a robbery at a nearby clothing store and had closed off part of the road.
One officer is seen in the video walking up to Dula’s car to tell her to move into the correct lane. Instead of stopping, she ran the officer over, flinging him in the air and causing him to fall onto the street.
Other officers then rushed to help him as he was lying on the ground in pain. According to court papers, the wounded officer suffered a broken leg and injuries in multiple areas of his body.
Dula was taken into custody and charged with first-degree attempted assault and attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer. She was also charged with second-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment, operating a vehicle while ability impaired by drugs and reckless driving.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Lucy Shephard told the Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday that marijuana and rolling papers were found in the suspect’s car.
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry questioned why Dula is not facing an attempted murder charge.
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. #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/5tr7LG1IWz
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“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,” Hendry said in a statement. “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 daily.”