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Attleboro District Court’s James H. Sullivan Courthouse.

NORTON — A local woman jailed earlier this month on charges of trying to run down her longtime neighbors was freed Thursday pending trial after winning her bail appeal in superior court.

Susan Allen, 63, of Reinhard Drive, was released from Attleboro District Court after posting $1,000 cash bail.

She must wear a GPS bracelet and is confined to her home except to go to mental health counseling and treatment for alcohol abuse, according to court records.

Allen must stay away from Russell and Clifford Childers, a father and son she is accused of driving at with her car in an unprovoked incident on April 24 on Reinhard Drive.

Allen, who has a history of mental health issues, has been held without bail since the beginning of the month, when she was deemed a danger after a hearing in Attleboro District Court.

Her lawyer, Jennifer Lokitis of Norton, appealed the district court finding to Fall River Superior Court where Judge Renee Dupuis agreed to release Allen on bail with pretrial conditions.

Dupuis found Allen had significant local ties to the community and no significant criminal record, according to court records.

Under the dangerousness law, prosecutors must prove a defendant is so dangerous that no conditions other than jail are necessary to keep the public safe.

Allen has pleaded innocent to two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and one count of being a disorderly person.

David Linton may be reached at 508-236-0338.

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