A convicted felon accused of trying to run over a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop in Perris, culminating in the lawman opening fire, pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempted murder of a peace officer and other charges.

Olivia Marie Kinnett, 42, of Perris was arrested two weeks ago in Homeland after a sheriff’s investigation pointed to her as the alleged assailant.

Along with the attempted murder count, Kinnett is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and receiving a stolen vehicle.

She was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for April 30 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

The defendant is being held on $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

The alleged attack happened about 3:40 a.m. on March 13 in the area of La More and Metz roads, according to sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Mike Vasquez.

He said that Kinnett was pulled over by two patrolmen based on suspicions that the Chevrolet Trailblaze she was driving was stolen.

As the deputies walked toward the SUV, the defendant “accelerated toward them, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Vasquez said, adding that only one of the lawmen opened fire.

Neither deputy was injured, nor was Kinnett.

The ex-con sped away in an unknown direction, and additional deputies were summoned to help locate the Chevy, which was found abandoned a short time later near the intersection of Diana Street and San Jacinto Avenue, according to Vasquez.

There was no word on how detectives ultimately identified Kinnett as the alleged perpetrator. She was arrested without incident a day later at a residence.

According to court records, she has prior convictions for grand theft, burglary and auto theft.

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