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Driver arrested, accused of hitting two protesters in Elizabeth City

The demonstrators were marching in response to the death of Andrew Brown Jr. Police were looking at whether the driver committed a hate crime.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — Elizabeth City police arrested a woman Monday night whom they say used her car as a weapon to strike two peaceful protesters marching for Andrew Brown, Jr.

Police said the two pedestrians were "peacefully protesting and exercising their constitutional rights" at the time of the 6:45 p.m. crash at the intersection of Ehringhaus Street and Griffin Street. 

Lisa Michelle O'Quinn, 41, from Greenville, North Carolina was arrested and charged with two felonious counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with the Intent to Kill by the use of a motor vehicle; one count of Careless and Reckless, and one count of Unsafe Movement.

Police are investigating to see if her actions constitute a hate crime. 

Credit: Elizabeth City PD

"The police department is currently investigating this matter and we will be presenting facts and findings in this case to include potential aggravating factors for criminal enhancements for potential sentencing purposes of a hate crime involving this event," a news release read from the Elizabeth City Police Department.

The two victims were identified as Elizabeth City women, who were both treated and released from the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

O'Quinn is being held at the Albemarle District Jail with a $40,000 bond. She's scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, May 27.

Evening protests have continued in Elizabeth City for more than a month since Pasquotank County deputies shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr. as they served warrants.

Last week, the district attorney announced the deputies were justified in their use of force.