New York Woman Indicted After Hitting Policeman in Shocking Incident on Manhattan’s Park Avenue

New York Woman Indicted After Hitting Policeman in Shocking Incident on Manhattan’s Park Avenue

In a disturbing turn of events, a 24-year-old woman, Sahara Dula, finds herself indicted a month after a shocking incident where she allegedly mowed down an NYPD officer with her black Lexus while under the influence of marijuana.

The incident, captured on camera, has raised concerns and triggered a heated debate about the severity of the charges brought against her.

The Brazen Attack and Legal Consequences

Sahara Dula faces a slew of charges, including first-degree attempted assault, operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs, and reckless driving, as announced by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg.

The brazen attack, caught on dashcam footage, depicts Dula driving on the wrong side of the road before intentionally striking the officer, leaving him injured and unable to return to work.

Controversy Surrounding Charges

The charges against Dula have ignited controversy, with some expressing dissatisfaction and arguing that the incident should have been escalated to the level of attempted murder.

Manhattan DA Bragg, however, asserts that Dula not only endangered the lives of many but also deliberately sought to harm an NYPD officer. The injured officer’s ongoing pain and inability to resume duty further amplify the severity of the incident.

Dula’s Admission and the Officer’s Injuries

Court papers reveal that Dula admitted to deliberately hitting the officer, stating, ‘I told the cop I wanted to go straight, and he wouldn’t move, so I hit him. I did it on purpose.’

The officer, unnamed in reports, suffered a broken leg and extensive bruising. As the legal proceedings unfold, questions emerge about the adequacy of the charges and whether the incident merits a more severe classification.

Background and Prior Incidents

Sahara Dula, identified as a drug safety mentor, spent only six days behind bars before posting bail set at $25,000.

Reports suggest that Dula has a history of prior arrests, including a March 2022 charge of criminal mischief and an incident in New Hampshire in 2020 involving a collision and attempted escape.

Notably, charges from the Brooklyn incident were dropped, and Dula’s attorney Patricia Wright highlights her client’s struggles with bipolar disorder.

Attempted Murder Debate and Police Response

The Police Benevolent Association President, Patrick Hendry, questions the absence of an attempted murder charge, stating, ‘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.’ The leniency perceived by law enforcement raises concerns about the safety of officers and the potential implications for future cases.

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