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College Student Who Says She Was Assaulted By Cops for Buying Bottled Water Settles for $212,000

| by Lisa Fogarty

A 21-year-old student at the University of Virginia settled out of court for $212,000 after police arrested her for buying cookie dough, ice cream and a pack of bottled water – which cops believed was beer, reports Huffington Post.

Elizabeth Daly, who was 20 at the time, says she was parked in the lot of a grocery store in Charlottesville, Virginia, when plainclothes agents from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control stopped her from leaving. As part of a crackdown on underage drinking, they reportedly yelled at her to stop driving her SUV and tried to break her windows. Daly says she didn’t realize they were cops and took off.

But officials from ABC claim the first officer who approached the young woman’s car identified herself and she still fled, allegedly assaulting the officers by grazing her SUV past them, reports CBS 6.

“Rather than comply with the officers’ requests, the subject drove off, striking two officers,” said ABC spokesperson Kathleen Shaw. “She was not arrested for possessing bottled water, but for running from police and striking two of them with a vehicle.”

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Assault charges against the officers have since been dropped.

Daly says she was the one who suffered from the incident – mentally. The woman filed a $40 million lawsuit against the ABC, alleging assault and battery against the agency officials.

Rather than proceed with a costly trial, the agency and Daly agreed to settle out of court. This move does not mean that either party has admitted guilt, says an ABC spokesperson. In addition to the money she will receive, Daly will also be provided a letter by the ABC board that explains the circumstances of her arrest to any future employer.

Sources: Huffington Post, CBS 6

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