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Driver accused of striking police during protest arraigned

June 3, 2020 GMT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A driver accused of deliberately plowing through a line of law enforcement officers during a George Floyd demonstration, injuring three, pleaded not guilty to assault Wednesday from her hospital bed, where she is recovering from gunshot wounds.

Deyanna Davis, 30, of Buffalo did not speak and asked that her face not be shown during the five-minute court hearing, which was conducted remotely.

A Buffalo City Court judge set bail at $200,000.

Davis allegedly was behind the wheel of an SUV seen on video driving into law enforcement officers positioned on a Buffalo street Monday night as state troopers opened fire.

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“She ran over one of the New York state troopers with both axles of her vehicle and dragged him for a short distance, causing him to sustain a shattered pelvis and broken femur,” Assistant District Attorney Ryan Haggerty said in asking that bail be denied. “These are absolutely outrageous allegations.”

A second trooper and Buffalo police officer were not as seriously injured.

Police who caught up with the Ford Explorer a short time later found Davis had been shot in the abdomen and a passenger had a minor gunshot wound.

Investigators have not yet said whether they were struck by police gunfire or were involved in a shooting earlier. The investigation is ongoing.

Authorities said Davis had not been among Monday’s demonstrators.

A loaded handgun, reported stolen in January, was found in the vehicle, police said.

Davis and her two passengers are charged with possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon. Davis also is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and assault.

Her appointed attorney did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in prison. A felony hearing is scheduled for June 24.