Woman wanted by RNC turns herself in

Rosie Mullaley
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The woman who had been the subject of a police hunt is in custody.
Tara Maher, 28, turned herself in at provincial court in St. John's this morning, The Telegram has learned.

Tara Maher

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had issued a public safety warning about the woman. Police were asking the public for help to locate Maher, and warned residents not to approach her.

Maher 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.

Maher was first spotted in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Merchant Drive, where a security guard was pursuing her. It was here that she 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.

She will likely make a court appearance some time today.

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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