Serial offender is given conviction

April 18, 2017

A ROCHESTER mother who ran up the back of a family car after smoking ice must complete 150 hours of unpaid community work.

Kelly Andrews, 36, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to drug driving and two counts of driving while suspended.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Martin Friend said Andrews was driving on Point Cook Rd in Seabrook on September 11, 2015, when she collided with the rear of a car sitting stationary in traffic.

There were two adults and two children in the car at the time, though there were no injuries and the car did not sustain any damage.

Andrews, however, was transported to hospital after complaining about neck pain.

Checks revealed her licence was suspended at the time of the incident, while a blood sample tested positive for methylamphetamine (ice).

Andrews admitted to using ice the previous day and told police she was a recovering drug addict.

The mother was caught behind the wheel again, this time in Webb Rd, Stanhope, on December 10.

Her licence was suspended for 18 months in March last year, and she told officers she was ‘‘just running my friend home’’.

The court heard Andrews was placed on a community corrections order last year and she completed all of its conditions.

A series of drug screens, a letter from SalvoCare and a psychological report were tendered to the court in support of Andrews.

Magistrate John Murphy described the offences as ‘‘serious matters’’ and convicted her.

On top of the community work, Andrews must undergo treatment and rehabilitation for drugs and alcohol, and complete a mental health assessment.

Her licence has been cancelled for a further 18 months.

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