SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — State police say they’ve taken a woman into custody after an hours-long manhunt Sunday afternoon.
She allegedly stole a trooper’s car and injured him along the way.
Police are currently processing Tierra Scott, 27, of Middleburgh at the State Police Barracks in Cobleskill. They say she will be arraigned Sunday night.
Police and deputies had been searching for her for about seven hours when they finally spotted her on the side of a road.
“We’re happy to have this person in custody,” New York State police Captain Michael Tietz said.
Tietz says the New York State police were assisting the Schoharie County Sheriff’s department with a prisoner transport.
State police Captain Michael Tietz believes Scott was arrested for a burglary or larceny investigation by Sheriff’s deputies.
It was around 12:20 p.m. when the trooper arrived at the Sheriff’s office parking lot.
The trooper exited the vehicle and he was walking to the passenger’s side to get Scott when —
“The prisoner was able to apparently slip out of her handcuffs and hop into the driver’s seat of the troop car,” Tietz said.
The trooper tried to get back into the vehicle but Scott locked the doors.
“She put the vehicle in drive and drove away while the trooper was still holding onto the door handle,” Tietz added.
Tietz says the trooper was dragged for a short distance and was taken to Cobleskill Hospital for minor injuries to his elbow and knee. He has since been released.
“A Schoharie County Sheriff’s deputy witnessed what was happening and this deputy discharged rounds at the troop car,” Tietz said. “No one was struck by the rounds.”
Scott ditched the vehicle on Wetsel Hollow Road in Schoharie, about a mile from the intersection at Route 7 West and fled into the woods.
State police and Sheriff’s deputies conducted an intensive search of the area, even using a helicopter. Tietz says they found Scott around 7:30 p.m.
“The prisoner was located on Grovenor’s Corners Road in the town of Carlisle,” Tietz said.
Scott was taken into custody without incident.
“We’re always happy when things turn out the way they turned out,” Tietz said. “Nobody was seriously hurt and we have our person in custody.”
State police tell me Scott will be charged with felony escape, assault, reckless endangerment and grand larceny.
Tietz added she covered all that ground only wearing socks.
Scott’s bail has been set at $25,000 cash/ $50,000 bond insured. She was remanded to Schoharie County Jail and will appear in Schoharie Town Court again Monday at 5pm.