A Harris County assistant county attorney is out on bond, following her arrest in an alleged road rage incident in Tomball Jan. 17.
Susan Sciacca, 55, of Houston was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, following an incident where police say she pulled a gun on a man who had cut her off while driving.
"We received a 911 call from a male who you can tell is pretty excited and scared and he said a lady pulled a gun on him," said Tomball Police Chief Robert Hauck. "Then we received another 911 call from a female who tells us that she is a Harris County prosecutor who said she was scared for her safety so she pulled a gun on someone."
Officers responded to the scene at a local credit union's parking lot and talked to both the man and the woman. Hauck said their stories matched to a point.
"(The man) said that he was traveling north on 249 near Holderreith when he realized he was in the wrong lane," Hauck said. "He moved over to the right and realized he had cut someone off. She told us essentially the same thing."
That's when the stories diverge.
The man told police that Sciacca darted in front of him and brake checked him several times while traveling towards Main Street. He then claims that she got in the left lane like she was going to turn into the Kroger parking lot, so he continued on to the bank. As he exited the vehicle he claimed that Sciacca pulled into the adjacent parking spot and pointed the gun at him.
Sciacca told officers that she had pulled into the parking lot first, in order to use the ATM. She said that the man got out of his vehicle yelling and that she feared for her safety so she pointed her handgun at him.
Fortunately, officers had surveillance footage from the credit union's security cameras that they could view.
"The video showed that she was the one that pulled into the spot next to him," Hauck said. "The rest of the video was all consistent with what he said."
Another problem with the woman's story was that officers were led to believe she worked for the district attorney's office initially.
"Everyone believed initially that she was with the district attorney's office because she told us and 911 that she was a Harris County prosecutor," Hauck said.
Sciacca actually works for Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, in the Family Protective Services division, which deals with abused and neglected children's issues.
A spokesman with Ryan's office said that Sciacca's claim to be a prosecutor is technically correct, in that she does prosecute civil matters for the county.
"The Harris County Attorney's Office represents Harris County, its officials and other government agencies in civil matters," said first assistant county attorney Robert Soard in an emailed statement. "We are continuing our review of this matter and are gathering additional information. We are communicating as appropriate with the Office of the District Attorney, the criminal prosecutor in Harris County."
Sciacca posted a $30,000 bond. Her next court appearance is set for Feb. 20.