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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Felony charges filed against a University of Virginia student after the 20-year-old purchased cookie dough, ice cream, and water at a convenience store have been dropped.

According to the Daily Progress newspaper in Virginia, a local Alcohol Beverage Control office charged Elizabeth Daly with three felonies after she attempted to flee plain-clothed agents at a shopping center during an underage alcohol buying bust.

The agents, according to the newspaper report, mistook Daly's case of LaCroix bottled water for a case of beer during the operation. Unable to identify the plain cloth agents, Daly in turn ran to her car and attempted to drive off when approached by the ABC's undercover officers.

One of the agents reportedly jumped on the hood of Daly's SUV and drew a gun as Daly attempted to drive away with friends inside the vehicle.

"They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform," Daly wrote in an account submitted to the court before the felonies were dropped. "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."

The ABC office defended its agents' actions and charging Daly with two counts of assault and one count of eluding police, according to the newspaper report.

Earlier in the evening Daly attended a "Take Back the Night" vigil where she listened to dozens of stories from sexual assault survivors, according to Daly's defense attorney in the story.

To read the original report visit: http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/bottled-water-purchase-leads-to-night-in-jail-for-uva/article_b5ab5f62-df9b-11e2-81c4-0019bb30f31a.html

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