A woman was arrested Monday after she attempted to mow down a bicyclist in the San Luis Obispo Target shopping center.
According to the San Luis Police Department, officers responded to what was initially reported as a hit-and-run traffic accident involving a van and a bicyclist in the Target shopping center parking lot on Los Osos Valley Road around 9 a.m. After interviewing a witness and the victim, and viewing security camera footage of the incident, they determined the collision was not accidental. Police say the driver of the van, Olivia Ripple, 24, of San Luis Obispo, intentionally rammed Mark Douglas, 54, also of SLO, as he was trying to ride his bicycle away from an argument with an unknown male associate of Ripple. According to SLOPD, the unknown male then jumped in the van and the van quickly drove away.
Police say Douglas suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries. Police dispatchers transmitted a county-wide broadcast of the van’s description and license plate number. A Pismo Beach police officer driving on Highway 101 located and stopped the vehicle. Ripple was the sole occupant of the vehicle when it was stopped and the identity of the unknown male is yet to be determined.
Police say Ripple was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. She was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail being set at $25,000.
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