180km/h driver did not stop

A WOMAN who reached speeds of 180 km/h in an attempt to get away from police has been barred from driving for two years.

The Mildura Magistrates’ Court this week heard police tried to pull over Jennika Mary Douglas when they ­observed her speeding on the Sturt Highway at Merbein South about 10pm on April 1.

Douglas did not stop, even with ­police in pursuit with lights and sirens.

She has pleaded guilty to charges including speeding.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Matt Pardon said Douglas was clocked travelling at 140 km/h in an 80 km/h zone before she made a dangerous right turn into Paschendale Avenue.

Police called off the chase when it became clear Douglas was not going to stop. 

Ldg Sen Constable Pardon said ­officers identified Douglas driving at 180 km/h on Paschendale Avenue, a minor road with a 100 km/h limit.

Police later went to the house where Douglas’ sister, the registered owner of the car, lived but the sister’s efforts to contact Douglas by phone were not successful.

At 1am, police went to an Irymple house where Douglas made a statement alleging the car had been stolen and police said they suspected she was making a false report.

Douglas was arrested nine days later and told police she had no comment to make.

Her counsel Peter Delorenzo asked Magistrate Michael Coghlan not to record a conviction over the offence and impose a fine or a bond.

He said Douglas, who is four months pregnant, was “hanging around the wrong crowd and the wrong people” but had recently moved away from Mildura.

However, Mr Coghlan said Douglas had “dug a big hole” for herself by failing to pull over on the highway and then falsely claiming the car had been stolen.

“Had you pulled over in the first place, you would’ve faced, if any, a ­minor charge,” he said. “When people do a runner, there is always a question mark. What have they got to hide?

“We will never know why you did a runner.”

Mr Coghlan disqualified Douglas from driving for two years, fined her $1500 plus statutory costs, with a conviction recorded.

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