A woman who was the subject of a police hunt after reportedly hitting a police officer with a car last week has been released on bail.
Tara Maher was freed on a $10,000 surety following a bail hearing at provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday afternoon and is due back in court June 19.
The 28-year-old had a slew of new charges added against her.
When she was first brought to court Monday, she faced three charges.
But on Tuesday, 13 were added for a total 16 counts — assault with a weapon (a car), failing to stop at the scene of an accident, dangerous driving, three counts each of theft under $5,000, driving while disqualified and possessing stolen property, and six counts of breaching probation.
The thefts were said to have been from Dominion and Walmart, both in Mount Pearl.
In issuing a warrant for Maher, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary also issued a public safety warning about her. Police asked the public for help in locating her and warned people not to approach her.
Maher is accused of striking a uniformed officer and an RNC patrol car with the stolen vehicle she was driving.
The incident happened April 28 after police were called to a Dominion supermarket in Mount Pearl to deal with a theft.
Maher was first spotted in the parking lot of Walmart on Merchant Drive, where a security guard was pursuing her. It was there she reportedly struck the officer and vehicle. Police said the officer was injured, but that the injuries were not life-threatening.
Police have recovered the stolen vehicle.
The conditions of Maher’s bail include that she report to the RNC three times a week and adhere to a curfew. She is banned from driving and must abstain from alcohol and drugs.
She must also stay away from all Dominion grocery stores and Walmart stores in the province.
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