— Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram
A woman who was the subject of a police hunt last week for reportedly hitting an officer with a car and speeding off made a brief court appearance Monday afternoon.
Tara Maher lowered her head so her hair covered her face as she was led into provincial court in St. John’s Monday afternoon.
After a brief appearance before Judge Pamela Goulding, Maher was taken back to jail.
She’s charged with theft under $5,000 and two counts of breaching probation.
Her lawyer, Jeremy De Jong, and Crown prosecutor Jason House agreed to have her return to court today, at which time she’s expected to answer to more serious charges — assault with a weapon, assaulting a peace officer, dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had issued a public safety warning about Maher. 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 grocery store 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 that she allegedly 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.