Addict jailed for terrifying bid to prevent arrest
A FORMER ice addict has been jailed for trying to hit two police officers with her car while doing burnouts in the middle of a major Adelaide route — all in a bid to thwart her boyfriend’s arrest.
The officers received a bravery commendation for their handling of the incident and the police audio recording is now used to train cadets at the police academy.
District Court Chief Judge Geoffrey Muecke described Georgina Carapanayiotis’s offending as “very serious” while sentencing the 26-year-old to four years’ jail with a non-parole period of 20 months.
She will be eligible for release in four months.
In August 2016, Carapanayiotis and her then-boyfriend Aaron Pepe were at a service station on Main North Rd, Smithfield, when a police officer recognised her.
They ran a check of their car and found it had been flagged in relation to a robbery.
While trying to arrest Pepe, Carapanayiotis got into the car and drove it straight at the police.
“You accelerated abruptly and then braked, narrowly missing them,” Judge Muecke said.
Pepe broke free and ran down the wrong side of Main North Rd, closely followed by one of the officers.
Carapanayiotis followed in the car and the officer had to take evasive action to avoid being hit.
She then drove directly at the officers at least five times and did “doughnuts” around them a further five times while they were in the middle of the road.
“You had your window down and you were yelling towards them,” the judge said.
“One of the officers attempted to break one of the car windows with his baton.
“As you drove away, he threw his baton and this broke the rear windshield.
“You drove in dangerous manner.”
Carapanayiotis was finally arrested when additional officers were called in to pursue her.
“The immediate and ongoing impact of your actions on both police officers, their confidence and the way they now approach their day-to-day policing duties and their lives cannot be underestimated,” Judge Muecke said.
Carapanayiotis had a private and public school education.
She was studying teaching at university, had full-time employment and no criminal record.
Judge Muecke said Carapanayiotis came from a good, hardworking and law-abiding family.
But she became influenced by Pepe and starting using ice daily once she moved in with him. a very