Two-year pro­ba­tion for se­ri­ous of­fence

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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