File photo of a Donald Trump yard sign.
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Police: Woman defaced Trump yard sign, tried to run over owner

Susan Bryan, 57, was arrested early Saturday after police say she spray painted a man's "Trump" sign in North Reading. When the man confronted her, he says she drove off erratically, "causing [him] to have to run out of the way of the oncoming vehicle."

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Police say Bryant has been charged with four counts of defacing property and once count of assault by means of a dangerous vehicle.

"During this Presidential election season, opinions as to who the next President should be may differ. The ability to express those opinions openly and freely is the cornerstone of democracy in our country," Chief Patrick Keefe said. "Our concern is when people take it upon themselves to wrongly extend their ability of expression into vandalism and assault. The victim in this case was only protecting his freedom of speech and expression. We ask for the communities help in allowing all to express their opinions in safe, legal ways."

The man who owns the sign wasn't injured and said he would replace it.  

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