LAWRENCE -- The North Reading woman accused of vandalizing several homemade Trump for president signs on an Andover lawn and then trying to run the homeowner down when he confronted her was ordered Tuesday by District Court Judge Mark Sullivan to stay at least 100 feet away from the homeowner for a year and to return to court Aug. 29 for a pretrial conference.

Susan Bryant, 57, is charged with four counts of defacing property and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly trying to run over homeowner Arthur Gonsalves at his Jenkins Road home after defacing his red, white and blue Trump signs with black spray paint last week.

Bryant pleaded not guilty, but her lawyer acknowledged after the hearing that she acted “impulsively and regrets it.”

“At some point, we're going to work this out,” her lawyer, William Barabino, said after the hearing, which lasted only minutes. “They'll be an issue of paying (Gonsalves) back for the signs and making an apology. We need to sit down with Mr. Gonsalves at some point, if he's willing.”

Gonsalves was at the hearing but left without commenting.

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