Brunswick woman jailed for police pursuit through Bunbury

Punishment for dangerous driving: A 28-year-old Brunswick woman was given a nine-month jail sentence for two incidents in December 2017, including a car chase through Bunbury suburbs. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Punishment for dangerous driving: A 28-year-old Brunswick woman was given a nine-month jail sentence for two incidents in December 2017, including a car chase through Bunbury suburbs. Photo: Thomas Munday.

A 28-year-old Brunswick woman was sentenced to a term of imprisonment for her actions in December 2017. 

Meggan McCleary attended Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday, February 8, via video link from Melaleuca.

McCleary pled guilty to charges of failing to comply with a direction to stop by police, reckless driving to escape police, exceeding the blood alcohol limit and possessing methamphetamine for an incident on December 3. 

Police prosecutor Sergeant Karl Rep told court police saw a Suzuki Hatch being driven erratically and exceeding the speed limit on Blair Street in Carey Park at 7.38pm. 

Police activated their lights before the Suzuki moved into Frankel Street and then accelerated away on Mitchell Crescent. 

The vehicle then moved up to 95 kilometres/per hour in a 50km zone on Mangles Street. The car also moved onto the wrong side of the road during the pursuit. 

Police pursued the vehicle through Withers, Usher and South Bunbury before stingers were used to stop the vehicle on Ocean Drive. 

Despite the two front tyres being destroyed, McCleary tried to drive off and damaged a police vehicle in the process. 

A blood alcohol reading measured 0.81 grams per 100 millilitres of blood. 

A search also found less than one gram of meth. 

McCleary also pleaded guilty to providing false details to police on December 30. 

Police confronted McCleary in Wilson Street, Carey Park who then gave a false name to officers. 

The defense said McCleary was remorseful for her actions, had accepted prison as a wake-up call and was taking steps to face her issues. 

Sgt. Rep said these were serious charges and should be dealt with accordingly. 

Magistrate Belinda Coleman said the imposing sentence would be proportional to the offences committed. 

Despite considering McCleary’s early guilty pleas and rehabilitation, the Magistrate took general deterrence into account when handing down the sentence. 

McCleary was fined $500 for providing false details, $800 for exceeding the blood alcohol limit, and had her licence disqualified for two years. 

She also received a total sentence of nine months concurrent, backdated to December 31.

 She was made eligible for parole after 4.5 months.