Nicole Renee Young, 28, is escorted by a sheriffs officer into provincial court today. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
A woman accused of ramming into two men with a taxi she stole is due back in court Tuesday for a bail hearing.
Nicole Renee Young of St. John’s was in provincial court today, two days after she was arrested.
She was scheduled to have a bail hearing. Instead, she made a brief appearance as lawyers opted to wait until today to allow her time to get sureties.
The 28-year-old was taken into custody following an incident that happened at around 7 p.m. Saturday after a taxi stopped at a house on Barter’s Hill Place in the downtown area of the capital city.
The RNC says Young came out of a house to retrieve a package from the taxi driver. She sat in the front seat while the driver got out of the car to get the parcel from the trunk.
Young then reportedly got into the driver’s seat, put the taxi in reverse and backed up.
In doing so, she struck the 67-year-old taxi driver and a 42-year-old man, who was also standing behind the car.
Both men were taken to hospital. The taxi driver received minor injuries and was released shortly afterwards.
However, the other man suffered serious injuries and was admitted to the intensive care unit at the Health Sciences Centre.
Young — who was said to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time — was arrested at the scene after struggling with officers.
She faces nine charges — two counts each of impaired driving causing bodily harm, assaulting a police officer refusing the breathalyzer and breaching probation, along with single counts of refusing the breathalyzer, stealing a car and breaching an undertaking.
One of the breaches of probation allege that she failed to report to her probation officers between Jan. 16 and April 3. A warrant had been issued for her arrest.
Anyone who has any information in relation to Saturday’s incident is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com