Two year bond for police pursuit
A WOMAN who led police on a wild Pacific Highway chase along the Coffs Coast is now on a two-year good behaviour bond.
Vanessa Stokes, 35, from Broadbeach in Queensland, had pleaded guilty to police pursuit (not stop – drive dangerously), drive manner dangerous, drive while licence suspended and exceed speed over 45km/h.
She appeared for sentencing in Kempsey Local Court yesterday before magistrate Wayne Evans, who also fined her a total of $400.
Stokes was arrested and charged after the pursuit from Boambee to Macksville on Easter Monday.
She tore along the highway in a black BMW at more than 170km/h and kept going despite hitting two sets of police road spikes during the dizzying chase.
She was eventually apprehended after she ditched her car and was seen trying to hitch a ride south.
Police said at the time they were disgusted with her dangerous driving during increased traffic volumes on the road for the Easter long weekend.
Stokes, who was Sydney-bound, first came to police attention for traffic matters at Grafton the day before.
She continued south on Easter Monday morning and Coffs Harbour police were warned to be on the lookout after complaints about her driving.
She was clocked at 150km/h in a 100km/h zone on the highway at Boambee and was fined for speeding and had her licence suspended.
But minutes later police saw her tearing south at 135km/h at the same spot where she was first stopped.
Police tried to pull her over and initiated a pursuit when she refused to stop.
She was chased down the highway and through Urunga to Valla where highway patrol police set up road spikes. But she kept hurtling south and another set of spikes was deployed near Nambucca Heads.
Police kept chasing Stokes to 1km north of the Macksville Bridge where the pursuit was terminated when she crossed to the wrong side of the road.
Police lost sight of her but the car was soon spotted abandoned off the highway south of Macksville.
Officers then found her hitch-hiking on the highway and arrested her.