GUILTY: A woman faced Murgon Magistrates Court on multiple charges.
GUILTY: A woman faced Murgon Magistrates Court on multiple charges.

Why woman drove at ‘frantic’ speed on Burnett Highway

A WOMAN told police she was driving at 147km/h on the Burnett Highway because she was rushing to take her dog, who had been bitten by a snake, to the vet.

However, when police intercepted the woman at Tansey on September 1 she couldn't tell officers which vet she was driving to and police saw that the dog did not appear to be distressed as it would if it had been bitten.

The woman, who resides in Gayndah, was also a repeat disqualified driver offender.

A week later, she was intercepted by police in Gayndah for a repeat check and immediately admitted to police she was disqualified from driving.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of driving without a licence as disqualified by a court order and one count of disobeying the speed limit in Murgon Magistrates Court on November 12.

Defence lawyer, Mr Bale, said the woman adopted Ace, who is a Shar Pei Staffy 24 hours before he was going to be put down.

Ace had become "the most important thing in her life" following an abusive relationship.

The woman's former partner of nine years was deported following an "overly violent domestic violence relationship" with the woman who is "lucky to be alive" and "quite damaged" as a result.

Mr Sinclair considered the "terrible circumstances" of the woman's life in recent years but warned her she had to comply with the road rules.

"Like anyone else you have to comply to the rules on the road, in particular, I am horrified that you placed other driver's life at risk by driving at such a frantic speed," she said.

"People like yourself, in my view, should be off the roads."

For speeding on the Burnett Highway she was fined $1250.

For driving while disqualified on September 1 she was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended immediately for two years and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for two years.

For the disqualified driving offence on September 8 she was sentenced to six months imprisonment with immediate parole to report to Bundaberg and disqualified from driving for three years.

A conviction was recorded on all offences.

South Burnett


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