Driver fled rather than give up car to police

OTHER than panic, Lauren Leigh Hughes did the only thing she could think of to stop police officers from impounding her car.

She floored the accelerator of her Holden Commodore and sped away from them.

In doing so, she side-swiped a parked car in Depot Hill, caused her Commodore to slide around a sharp right-hand turn and mounted the kerb on a south Rockhampton road.

Hughes yesterday pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to dangerously operating a vehicle, failing to stop at a road incident and obstructing police officers on duty.

The court heard on September 7, about 6.20pm, police officers in south Rockhampton's Wood St pulled over a Holden Commodore for a traffic check.

The man driving was Hughes' de-facto partner.

When police told Hughes, who was a passenger in the Commodore, they were going to impound her car in relation to another matter, she started yelling at them.

Police prosecutor Clancy Fox said Hughes' partner told her to calm down. When the pair stepped out of their car, Hughes made a dash for the driver's seat and sped off from the scene.

Mr Fox said Hughes handed herself into police about an hour after she drove off. In her defence, Hughes said she needed the car for her daughter's sake.

She was sentenced to 12 months probation, disqualified from driving for six months and fined $300.



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