- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A police captain has pleaded not guilty to allegations that she tried to run down a councilman from a nearby city with her car earlier this month.

NJ.com (https://bit.ly/1Bf9tFv) reports that Irvington Police Capt. Monique Smith was not in court for a hearing on Wednesday. The pleas were entered by her lawyer.

Smith faces charges of aggravated assault, stalking, criminal mischief, harassment and two weapons offenses stemming from a late-night encounter with Newark Councilman John James on Jan. 5.

Authorities have said James was near his home when Smith approached and began yelling at him. When James climbed into his vehicle and drove off, Smith allegedly followed, and authorities say she struck James’ car several times before James reached the home of his father, former Newark Mayor Sharpe James.

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Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com

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