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Judge Sets Half-Million Dollar Bail for Hit-and-Run on ABC 6 Reporter

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Lisa Rantala) -- A judge has set a $500,000 bail amount for a woman accused of intentionally striking an ABC 6/FOX 28 reporter with a car.

Terresa Peters was arraigned in Columbus on Thursday morning, two days after allegedly striking reporter Steve Levine with a blue Honda on W. Neff Ave. in S. Columbus.

Peters turned herself in to authorities on Wednesday morning.

Levine had approached Peters while working on a story about people stealing packages off front porches in Columbus. 

Peters drove away during the attempted interview, knocking Levine down with her car, and running over his leg, according to police.

Levine underwent surgery at Grant Medical Center on Wednesday. He is expected to recover.

The blue Honda allegedly used by Peters to strike Levine was found Wednesday morning in the area of 44 W. Neff Ave., just feet from where the reporter was injured. Peters is charged with felonious assault.

Peters's criminal record comprises more than 30 charges or citations that have occurred over the last eight years, including driving under a suspended license, assault, and robbery. 

Peters is currently on probation because of a 2012 assault conviction.

Other violent offenses against Peters have been dismissed due to judges' rulings that she was incompetent to stand trial. Court documents state Peters suffers from mental illness, and was unable to assist in her own defense in those cases.
 
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