NYC woman, 24, who mowed down cop while high on marijuana is indicted
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A 24-year-old woman, who mowed down a cop in her black Lexus while high on marijuana, was indicted a month after being released on bail following the brazen attack captured on camera. 

Sahara Dula was charged with a slew of crimes including first-degree attempted assault, operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs, and reckless driving, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg announced Thursday. 

Dashcam footage shows her driving on the wrong side of the road before hitting the officer when he approached her, sending him sprawling over the hood of the car and into the road on January 17. 

Dula, a drug safety mentor, spent only six days behind bars before posting bail set at $25,000, according to records from the Department of Correction.

As the officer struck by Dula continues to endure pain and remains unable to return to work, the charges brought against Dula have triggered backlash, with some saying it should have escalated to the level of attempted murder. 

DA Bragg said: ‘This defendant not only allegedly endangered the lives of countless people travelling on Park Avenue, but she deliberately sought to harm an NYPD officer.’

‘We have no tolerance for this type of dangerous attack against police officers and we will continue to treat this matter with the seriousness that it deserves. I hope the officer who was injured has a full recovery and thank him for his service to keep New Yorkers safe.’ 

Court papers show Dula later admitted: ‘I told the cop I wanted to go straight, and he wouldn’t move, so I hit him. I did it on purpose.’ 

Dula slammed into the officer, who has not been named, at the same time NYPD officers were responding to a smash-and-grab robbery at a high-end retailer on the Upper East Side. 

Several thieves made off with around $10,000 of clothes and expensive items, and fled in a vehicle before abandoning it several blocks away. 

The chase led police to close part of the road, and with Dula slowly moving down the wrong side of the road, the officer approached her to order her into the correct lane.

A person can be heard in the dashcam footage yelling for the cop to ‘be careful’, seconds before Dula slammed on the gas and sent him flying over the bonnet. 

Witnesses claimed to the New York Post that Dula, a Brooklyn resident whose lawyer said she mentors kids to stay off drugs, screamed at the officer immediately after: ‘F*** these cops – it’s a lesson to him and hopefully he doesn’t want to be a cop anymore.’ 

According to her LinkedIn, Dula graduated from New England College in 2022 with a major in criminal justice and communications. 

The footage of the incident then saw several other cops rush to the injured officers’ aid, while Dula was promptly arrested and put into handcuffs. 

Court papers noted that the officer suffered a broken leg and bruising across his body. 

Once in custody, Dula reportedly confessed to the vehicular assault ‘on purpose’, with Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Lucy Shephard said during Dula’s arraignment adding that she ‘admitted to smoking marijuana’ beforehand. 

Shephard added that marijuana and rolling papers were found inside Dula’s car. 

The prosecutor sought a $100,000 bail for the ‘egregious’ attack, but a judge reduced the bail to $25,000.

Questions have been raised over why she was not charged with attempted murder in the blatant attack. 

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry on Friday said in a statement: ‘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.

‘She tried to run down and kill a New York City police officer. She proudly admits it, but she still isn’t facing the maximum penalty. 

‘This kind of leniency has led to thousands of police officers being attacked and injured.

‘We’re not going to let this case become just another statistic,’ he continued. ‘We will be following up to ensure that a message is sent — if you attack and injure a New York City police officer, you are going to face the full force of the law.’ 

Dula reportedly has prior arrests, including a March 2022 charge of criminal mischief from an incident near Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal Mall where she smashed a property with a metal barrier. 

The charges against her in that case were later dropped. 

Dula had also been arrested in New Hampshire, including in 2020 when she failed to stop at an intersection and struck another vehicle. She reportedly tried to flee the scene but was apprehended. 

At her court appearance, Dula’s Attorney Patricia Wright said she was ‘trying to move on from her ties to New Hampshire’, which also included a separate arrest for assault at Concord Hospital. 

Wright noted that Dula suffers from bipolar disorder, and also runs a company where she mentors kids with music to help them stay off the streets and away from drugs and gangs. 

The building manager of her apartment in Brooklyn told the New York Post that she was unfriendly and gruff, and ‘smokes a lot of weed.; 

‘She’s like a rude person,’ they said. ‘Not smiling for nobody. All the time she’s like that.’ 

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