Road Safety Week starting with drivers facing court

National Road Safety Week in the ACT will start with four drivers facing court today (Monday 15 May 2023) after their arrests on the weekend.

A 47-year-old Theodore woman has been charged with 10 driving and property offences after she was arrested on Saturday, 13 May 2023.

About 10.25am, police conducted a traffic stop on a Mazda 121 being driven by the woman in Chisholm. She allegedly presented a disqualified licence, and was ordered not to drive. A defect notice was issued for the vehicle and the woman left the area on foot.

About 11.10am, police received a report that the woman had broken into a residence in Chisholm and fled in the Mazda 121. Police attempted to intercept the vehicle nearby a short time later, but will allege the woman drove away dangerously, including driving over both a traffic island and a roundabout, and twice crossing into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of Isabella Drive.

A short time later the Mazda crashed into the rear of a stationary VW Amarok at the intersection of Drakeford Drive and Soward Way, Greenway. The woman was arrested in a nearby greenbelt and taken into custody.

A 25-year-old Monash man will also face court on 10 charges after he was arrested on Sunday, 14 May 2023.

About 9.30am Friday, 12 May 2023, police allegedly observed the man drive a Holden Astra away from a stationary police car at speed in Gowrie, subsequently driving dangerously through multiple suburbs, at times failing to give way, and twice disobeying red lights. Police did not activate their lights and sirens and the driver also allegedly failed to stop twice when police attempted to intercept the Astra on Cotter Road.

Later that day, police received a telephone call stating that the number plates for the Astra had been stolen from the vehicle.

About 1.50pm on Sunday, police observed the Astra, with the number plates reported as stolen still attached, being driven in Waramanga. Police will allege the man again drove dangerously, failing to stop when directed and crossing to the wrong side of roads, causing several other drivers to take evasive action.

After the Astra collided with two other vehicles, at the intersection of Long Gully Road and Yamba Drive, Isaacs, the man attempted to flee on foot but was arrested.

A 40-year-old Hackett woman, who was disqualified from driving for 12 months in April 2023, was arrested after police allegedly observed her driving in Watson early Sunday morning.

The fourth driver facing court this morning was arrested about 9.15pm on Sunday after police responded to a single-vehicle collision in Wanniassa.

The driver, a 58-year-old Kambah man, was taken into custody and recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.197, nearly four times the legal 0.05 limit. He will face a charge of level four drink driving.

The Theodore woman will face court charged with two counts of driving while disqualified, burglary, fail to stop, aggravated dangerous driving, crash and not giving particulars, driving under the influence, unlawful possession of stolen property, damaging property, and breach of good behaviour obligations.

The Monash man will answer to charges of reckless driving, aggravated dangerous driving, aggravated reckless driving, two counts of failing to stop, drug driving, possessing a drug of dependence, attempting to pervert the course, and two red light offences.

The Hackett woman will face charges of driving while disqualified, and breach of good behaviour obligations.


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