Teacher blames illness for actions
A WOMAN who caused chaos in a shopping centre car park with her erratic driving was sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Court last Thursday.
School teacher Jodie Leigh Landy pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.
Police Prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras told the court Landy was involved in an argument with other shoppers in a shopping centre car park for taking up two parking bays.
Police were called and they asked her to straighten up but she refused, saying she had to go home to go to the toilet.
Landy reversed sharply, nearly running over police officers in the process, and sped off through the car park.
She hit a shopping trolley, with the trolley rolling away and almost hitting an elderly lady. The court heard Landy then sped off through a pedestrian crossing and through the Phillip Street roundabout.
“This woman shouldn't have a licence, she is a danger to the community and her only excuse was that she needed to go to the toilet urgently,” Sgt Daubaras told the court.
“She put other people in significant danger and it was lucky no one was injured, a significant disqualification is needed in this instance.”
The defendant, who represented herself, told the court she was very sorry for the distress and danger she caused and her only excuse was she felt very ill on the day.
“I can't explain my actions. I have spoken to a counsellor since the event and they seem to believe I had a panic attack on the day,” Ms Landy said.
Magistrate Damian Carroll disqualified the defendant from driving for six months or face six days in jail, and fined $450 with a conviction recorded.
“This is a serious case of driving without due care and attention,” Magistrate Damian Carroll said.