Two-year probation for serious offence
A WOMAN who failed to stop her car as directed by police, was sentenced to two years probation in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Belinda Jean Tyack also pleaded guilty to two counts of unlicensed driving, one of contravening a police direction, one breach of bail and unauthorised dealing with shop goods.
On September 21 Tyack drove away from the Caltex service station in Maryborough without paying for 24.27 litres of fuel. She headed north on the Bruce Highway. The court heard her Mazda was seen swerving between the lane markings and police activated their lights and sirens as a result.
Tyack initially slowed to about 80km per hour and indicated left as if she intended to pull over but police prosecutor Sergeant Rebecca McDonald said she suddenly increased speed and changed lanes. Police followed at 109km per hour before desisting the pursuit.
On November 8, Tyack was intercepted by Blackwater police for a breath test and licence check. Checks revealed her driver’s licence was demerit-point suspended until May 5, 2014. She was issued with a notice to attend the Blackwater police station with her ID particulars within seven days, which she failed to do.
On November 14, she was again intercepted by Blackwater police who found her to be unlicensed again.
Tyack was supposed to appear in court that same day but she failed to attend and a warrant was released.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said the most serious of all these offences was the failure to stop.
He also said this was an offence that could carry penalties of up to three years imprisonment or a $5500 fine.
Nonetheless, Mr Stjernqvist settled on probation. For the failure to appear and contravene direction charges, he imposed $330 and $220 fines. Tyack was also ordered to pay $40.26 in restitution for the unpaid fuel.