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Hitting a man in the Seaport with her car at closing time wasn't enough, so woman got out and began beating him, DA says

A Hyde Park woman had bail set at $1,000 last week at her arraignment on charges she drove onto a Seaport sidewalk and rammed a man walking there, got out, beat him, then drove away only to crash into a hydrant and light pole, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Emily Verrochi, 28, was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (car), malicious destruction of property over $1,200 and resisting arrest, the DA's office reports, adding that in addition to the bail, South Boston Municipal Court Judge Michael Bolden ordered her to stay away from the Seaport while her case is pending.

According to the DA's office, State Police responded to the corner of Northern Avenue and Harborview Lane, near Liberty Wharf, around 2:15 a.m. on July 30, on a report of a car crash and possible fight:

Officers observed a Nissan Altima with heavy front end and undercarriage damage.

Witnesses told police they observed Verrochi driving erratically in the middle of the street and then onto the sidewalk, where she struck a pedestrian.

Verrochi told police she was a passenger in the vehicle, not the driver, and that two other passengers assaulted her and fled after the crash.

However, surveillance footage shows Verrochi driving the vehicle with no other passengers. Verrochi is seen making u-turns and continually passing a specific group of people on the sidewalk. She then drives onto the sidewalk at the corner of Northern Avenue at Harborview Lane, where she strikes the victim, a male, before exiting her car and attacking him. Verrochi then returns to her car, makes another u-turn and hits a fire hydrant and light pole.

The victim, who later claimed to not know Verrochi, sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment.

Verrochi resisted arrest, causing troopers to fall to the ground. Verrochi sustained minor facial injuries in the incident.

According to the DA's office, Verrochi is not unknown to the local constabulary and has several convictions for assault and battery.

Innocent, etc.

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... and has multiple convictions for assault and battery.

No dangerousness hearing?

No "ordered to surrender her license and not drive"?

Had she opened fire with a gun she would have gotten far more attention to her behavior. I guess its still okay to try to kill someone with a car.

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This guy finally got ‘in trouble’ for murdering someone after his FOURTH unlawful gun charge. Fourth!


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She almost certainly fled the scene because she was DRUNK and didn't want a DUI. Please tell me the cops got a blood test from her so that can be added to the charges?!?

It's absurdly stupid that fleeing the scene when you hit something/someone while drunk doesn't yield worse penalties than cops finding you drunk. We need to to make fleeing a serious felony with mandatory jail time.

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Alcohol turns too many into the Incredible Hulk. Good therapy for those who don't like AA: Sit in a room with a big punching bag, drink a bottle of vodka, and just go hard.

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Alcohol removes inhibitions; it doesn't make you into someone you aren't. If you drink and you behave like an asshole, that's just you with your inhibitions removed.

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is a bargain for all that mayhem.

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rather than purely on the severity of the charges. The idea is to make it hurt if you skip out on the court date, and that amount will be different for different people...

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If she is known to police for previous assault and battery the punishment should be more severe. There are a few bad apples out there causing trouble and neighborhoods would all be much safer if those bad apples received severe punishments as they repeat offend.

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is not punishment.

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As SamWack said, bail is, or is supposed to be, a way of giving the suspect an incentive to show up for their court date. (And if they don't, jumping bail is a separate crime in many places.)

That's separate from what the punishment should be if the person is convicted--whether "known to the police" should mean a harsher sentence is an issue for the legislature, the judge, and the DA's office. The police aren't supposed to decide guilt or innocence, a fact a lot of people have forgotten.

I'm not saying this person is innocent--but there are people who are "known to police" because when John Smith was stopped for speeding he claimed to be his cousin Mike Smith. Or because someone else's arrest record has been incorrectly attached to his name. If that's not the case here, the judge can take those previous incidents into account.

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...sounds a bit familiar....

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