Ad­dict jailed for ter­ri­fy­ing bid to pre­vent ar­rest

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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

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