Defense requests reduced bail for woman accused of stealing police cruiser


SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The woman accused of stealing a police cruiser and sparking a manhunt in Schoharie County had a brief appearance in court on Monday.

Sunday afternoon, New York State Police assisted the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office in transporting a prisoner named Tierra Scott. But things turned dangerous very quickly.

When a trooper pulled into the sheriff’s office parking lot, he got out of his car and walked over to the passenger side to get Scott. That’s when the 27-year-old was able to slip out of her handcuffs and jumped into the driver’s seat.

Scott immediately locked the doors and drove off while the trooper was being dragged a short distance. A deputy fired rounds at the car, but no one was struck. The trooper suffered minor injuries and was released.

A short time later, Scott left the car on Wetsel Hollow Road in Schoharie and fled into the woods. A helicopter was used during the search, and around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Scott was found in the town of Carlisle.

Scott was immediately taken into state police custody and will be charged with felony Escape, Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Grand Larceny.

Her family members attended court on Monday to show support. Inside the courtroom, the defense requested to reduce her bail since she’s a local resident and has very little criminal history.

The judge, however, said her bail will remain at $25,000 until her next court appearance. Scott was then escorted out by three deputies and briefly responded to media questions.

“It was an impulsive decision,” she said. “I was scared.”

Her case was adjourned to October 17 when the judge will decide if bail will be lowered or not.

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