‘No more chances’

A WOMAN who drove away from police before being caught with more than seven grams of meth has been told she has run out of chances to avoid jail.

The Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday heard Dianne Hogg, 39, had not held a driver’s licence since 2012 and was driving an unregistered vehicle when she came to the attention of police in the early hours of March 22.

Police prosecutor Sen Constable Kristen Simm said officers attempted to pull Hogg over on San Mateo Avenue after seeing her driving a silver Commodore just after 2.30am.

Hogg then accelerated away from police after they caught up with her at the intersection of San Mateo Avenue and Fifteenth Street.

Police followed her to a Risbey Court address, where Hogg had pulled up, and a search of her vehicle revealed she was in possession of 7.18 grams of methamphetamine, $650 cash and a diazepam tablet in a black coin purse.

Sen Constable Simm said Hogg admitted to possessing the methamphetamine for personal use and told police she used about a gram a day.

Hogg was on bail in July when she was again caught by police driving in Mildura.

Hogg’s counsel Hugh Middleton said his client had experienced a “challenging” time and had missed several appointments for her community corrections program due to illness.

Mr Middleton said Hogg had been affected by “a significant flu season” and had potential to improve her record of turning up to appointments.

But Magistrate Michael Coghlan said Hogg had been given plenty of chances to comply with the conditions of her community corrections order and was “not having a go at all”.

Mr Coghlan said the amount of meth found in Hogg’s vehicle was three times the prima facie traffickable amount.

He sentenced her to a combined total of 120 days’ imprisonment for possessing the meth, dealing with the proceeds of crime and unlicensed driving and fined her $500 for failing to stop for police and possessing a drug of dependence.

Hogg was given a date to face court again next month on other charges.

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