Woman sparks manhunt after stealing patrol car

SCHOHARIE, NY (WTEN/WCMH) — A New York woman is in custody after stealing a state trooper’s car and sparking a manhunt that lasted for hours on Sunday.

Tierra Scott, 27, was arrested around noon on Sunday in connection with a burglary or larceny investigation. A trooper was taking Scott to the Schoharie County Sheriff’s office, and when he exited the vehicle to get Scott, she made her move.

“The prisoner was able to apparently slip out of her handcuffs and hop into the driver’s seat of the troop car,” said state police Captain Michael Tietz.

The trooper tried to get back into the vehicle, but Scott had locked the doors.

“She put the vehicle in drive and drove away while the trooper was still holding onto the door handle,” Tietz said.

The trooper was dragged for a short distance. He was taken to Cobleskill Hospital for treatment for minor injuries to his elbow and knee and has since been released.

“A Schoharie County Sheriff’s deputy witnessed what whas happening and this deputy discharged rounds at the troop car,” Tietz said. “No one was struck by the rounds.”

Scott ditched the cruiser and fled into the woods. State police and Sheriff’s deputies conducted an intensive search of the area, even using a helicopter. Officers found Scott almost seven hours later around 7:30pm and took her into custody without incident.

According to Tietz, Scott will face felony escape, assault, reckless endangerment and grand larceny charges.

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