OAKLAND, Calif.—A law student has been charged with multiple felonies after police say she ran her car into an innocent bystander while chasing a group of graffiti taggers who attacked her in downtown Oakland.

Twenty-six-year-old Meaghan Zato, of Oakland, was charged on Monday with assault with a deadly weapon and hit-and-run.

Police say Zato, a student at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, struck 25-year-old James Roda, also of Oakland, with her Mercedes early Saturday.

Zato had been attacked by vandals after a friend she was with told them to stop spray painting a library. Police say she was chasing the vandals in her car when she struck Roda. Roda suffered severe head injuries and faces a long recovery.

Zato's attorney, Richard Meier, says his client did not intend to harm anyone.


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