Schoharie County

Woman admits stealing patrol car, dragging trooper

She faces 2 to 4 years in prison
The scene in October.
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The scene in October.

SCHOHARIE — The burglary suspect accused of stealing a patrol car and briefly dragging a state trooper in October, all while evading two shots from a sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to related charges Wednesday.

Tierra Scott, 28, of Middleburgh appeared in Schoharie County Court and admitted to burglary, assault and reckless endangerment counts.

In return, she is to receive as much as four years in state prison at her August sentencing. She could get as little as two years.

Schoharie County District Attorney James Sacket afterward called the resolution an appropriate one. He cited Scott’s lack of criminal history, but also the seriousness of the case.

“It takes a lot of things into account,” Sacket said, “including her relatively minor record. However, it is a serious offense.”

The wild series of events happened Oct. 2 after her arrest by sheriff’s investigators in connection with two Middleburgh store burglaries, authorities have said.

Short-handed for the day, sheriff’s investigators transferred her to the custody of state Trooper Jason Cintula for transport to the county jail.

Once at the jail, the small-statured Scott slipped her cuffs, quickly locked the doors and jumped to the driver’s side after Cintula got out and moved to the passenger side to remove her. 

Scott got the car in gear and took off, briefly dragging Cintula from the door handle. He suffered minor leg and knee injuries.

Sheriff’s deputy Jamie Mazuryk, in the area at the time, saw Scott dragging the trooper, took out her service weapon and fired twice. No one was hit. Sheriff Tony Desmond confirmed Wednesday that a grand jury found the deputy’s response proper.

Authorities took Scott back into custody after a flurry of tips from the public. She ditched the trooper car about 3 miles from the jail and made it another 4 miles on foot before being recaptured.

Scott’s defense attorney, Thomas Garner, said the sentence will allow Scott to put the episode behind her.

“It gives her a chance to get out and become a productive member of society,” Garner said.

Garner said he plans to address at sentencing what he believes led his client to commit the original burglaries.

As for why she then stole the trooper car, Garner called it “a snap reaction.”

“I don’t even think you could call it a decision,” Garner said. “I think she was extremely frightened, scared, not in a good place.”

Scott remains in custody. Judge George R. Bartlett III presided.

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