Armed Agents Swarm Student Over Suspected Beer-Buy
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Charges have been dropped against a UVA student who tried to drive away when her car was stormed by armed agents who suspected her of illegally buying a six-pack of beer. Back in April, agents from Virginia's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) reportedly surrounded 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly's SUV in a grocery store parking lot, and one jumped on the hood of her car and drew a gun. Daly, who had purchased only bottled water, ice cream and cookie dough, says she didn't realize they were law officials. “They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened as they were not in anything close to a uniform,” she said in a written account of the incident. “I couldn’t put my windows down unless I started by car, and when I started my car they began yelling to not move the car, not to start the car. They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were...terrified.” She reportedly dialed 911 and tried to drive away, before she realized the agents were law officers and pulled over. Her purchases were found to not include alcohol, but she was charged with two felony counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and a felony for eluding police, and spent one night in jail. The charges were dropped last week. “It wouldn’t be the right thing to do to prosecute this,” said Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman, who called the case the most "aggressive" he's ever seen. ABC said that they would investigate, but stood by the agents' actions. An agency spokewoman says that an agent had noticed, “what appeared to be an underage person in possession of what appeared to be a case of beer” and responded accordingly.