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UVA student Elizabeth Daly cleared of charges from water-buying incident

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A trip to the grocery store turned into a nightmare for one University of Virginia student last April.

Elizabeth Daly, 20, was confronted by six men and a woman after she left a Harris Teeter in Charlottesville. She had just bought bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream, The Daily Progress reports.

As she was walking to her car, she was approached by a group of state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents wearing plainclothes. The agents thought that the water bottles Daly was carrying was a 12-pack of beer. Police say one of the agents jumped on the hood of her car. She says one drew a gun, the Progress reports. Daly did not know who the agents were, so, she tried to rush out of the dark parking lot. Daly was with her two roommates.

"They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform," Daly said in a written account of the April 11 incident.

“I couldn't put my windows down unless I started my 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," Daly said.

Agents charged her with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and one count of eluding police. All of the charges were Class 6 felonies carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $2,500 in fines per offense. She had to spend the night after the incident in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

The charges against Daly were withdrawn on Thursday.

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