The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is asking the public for help to locate a suspect, but is also warning residents not to approach her.
Tara Maher, 28, is accused of striking a uniformed officer and a RNC patrol car with a stolen vehicle she was driving. This incident happened last Monday after police were called to a Dominion grocery store in Mount Pearl to deal with a theft.
“In light of these events the RNC has heightened concerns for public safety and the safety of our officers,” the RNC said in a statement released through its official Facebook account over the weekend. “Persons are advised to report any sightings and not to approach Maher.”
The suspect, who was identified as Maher at that time, was located early Monday evening in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Merchant Drive, where a security guard was pursuing her. It was here that Maher allegedly struck the officer and vehicle. Police said the officer was injured.
Those injuries were not life threatening. Police have since recovered the stolen vehicle.
Maher is facing charges of assault with a weapon, assault of a peace officer, three counts of theft, driving while prohibited, breach of probation, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, and leaving the scene of an accident.
Anyone with information about Maher's whereabouts is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and online at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.