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IN CUSTODY: Ashley Groizard heads into the Warwick Courthouse yesterday. She and her partner and their three-month old baby were reported missing to police by family members.
IN CUSTODY: Ashley Groizard heads into the Warwick Courthouse yesterday. She and her partner and their three-month old baby were reported missing to police by family members. Jeremy Sollars

A COUPLE who allegedly sped through Warwick streets on Tuesday evening, before crashing with their baby on board, have been ordered to undergo psychiatric assessments.

Mental health worker Mark Laird yesterday told the Warwick Magistrates Court he had assessed both Ashley Groizard and Michael Holman following their arrests and identified such issues as paranoia and psychosis.

Groizard, 27, is accused of driving erratically through the city streets, with a number of motorists reporting near-misses and actual collisions with the couple's silver commodore.

It is further alleged both she and Holman, 32, were under the influence of methylamphetamines and a small amount of the drug was located in the car.

The couple, from Aberdare in NSW, is accused of terrorising motorists by driving at high speed on the wrong side of the road, running red lights, rear-ending a vehicle in the CBD and colliding with a motorist at the corner of Bracker Rd and Dragon Sts at about 8.30pm.

Warwick Patrol Group Acting Inspector Stewart Day said Holman acted aggressively toward the alleged car crash victim and police.

"The male passenger alighted from the vehicle with a cricket bat and (allegedly) damaged the other vehicle," he said.

"When police arrived he threatened to assault police and officers drew their tasers and told him to stop. He did and the tasers weren't used."

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The three-month-old son was taken to Warwick Hospital for observations and it is understood family members are attempting to take him into their care.

Less than an hour earlier the couple were allegedly involved in another crash outside the Palace Hotel.

The alleged victim said she was making her way home from the gym when startled by incessant honking and "aggressive" tailgating.

She said before she knew it the vehicle rear-ended her, sending her into a tailspin.

"My car spun and at one point I was facing them - I could see them and the car was still spinning and then they drove off," she said.

"I was scared but at the same time I was just glad I was OK."

The woman said she later heard sirens and she feared the worst.

"I just wondered who they had crashed into now and hoped they hadn't hurt some family just trying to get home.

"And I hoped they were OK too - I didn't want them to get hurt either."

Warwick woman Suzette Benz says she came close to a head-on collision with the car when it allegedly came directly at her while she was travelling along Wood St.

"My daughter was in the front seat screaming because she was freaked out and I had my son in the back," she said.

"At first I thought it might have been someone suffering a heart attack or stroke.

"I beeped the horn and we pulled off to the side of the road. I turned around and then they were doing donuts and I thought, "No, that's just stupid driving".

Groizard has been charged with seven counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and one each of failing to remain at the scene of a crash, evading police, wilful damage, possessing a dangerous drug and driving under the influence of drugs.

Holman has been charged with two counts each of assaulting police, wilful damage and possessing a dangerous drug.

They have been ordered to remain in police custody and will re-appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on November 10.

Abbey Sutherland said she witnessed the crash outside the Palace and then stumbled upon the aftermath of the Bracker Rd crash as she made her way home.

"I saw (Groizard) pulled over on Bracker Rd; she was in cuffs and the police were patting her down and searching the vehicle.

"To the right of the intersection of the road was the other car. It must have been hit forcefully because it had been thrown about 100m and into a ditch on the other side of the road.

"The way (Groizard) was (allegedly) driving was very, very erratic and aggressive; slamming on the brakes and pushing the accelerator.

"It is quite scary to think someone like that is driving around our town."

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