Jail term pending for Quantong driver

A QUANTONG P-plater who rolled her car after playing 'cat and mouse' risks jail when she returns to court.

Suzanne Hallett, 19, pleaded guilty in Horsham Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to reckless conduct endangering serious injury and having driven in a dangerous manner.

Magistrate Richard Pithouse disqualified Hallett from driving for three years and ordered her to be assessed for a community corrections order.

He warned Hallett that he had jailed a young male driver who had committed similar offences.

"I'm giving you the heads up now," Mr Pithouse said.

"If I am going to be consistent with young fools who put people's lives at risk, I have to mention that jail is an appropriate penalty.

"Reckless conduct is up to 15 years' jail in the County Court."

Mr Pithouse will sentence Hallett on September 17.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Matthew Haughton told the court that Hallett was driving her car with a female passenger on January 19 in Horsham.

They were playing 'cat and mouse' with two young men travelling in another car on Curran Road.

Hallett's car swerved from side to side as she drove at 126 kilometres an hour in a 100kmh zone.

She lost control of her car about 3.35am, the wheels losing traction with the road.

The car crashed through a farm fence and rolled several times.

Hallett and her passenger sustained cuts and bruises.

The men from the second car helped to put Hallett's car back onto its wheels.

Defence solicitor Anita Ward said her client had had her licence for a few weeks before the incident.

Ms Ward said Hallett's friend suggested they could follow the men in the other car.

"She was being immature and stupid," she said.

"She did not realise the extent of the consequences.

"She now only drives for necessity.

"She has had depression and anxiety since the incident."

Mr Pithouse said in his experience as a Coroner, depressed young people used cars to commit suicide.

"They don't wear a seatbelt and drive straight into a red gum," he said.

"Ms Hallett has the lethal means of a car at her disposal, so she should not be driving.

"She drove at far in excess of the speed limit with a passenger and exposed the general public to harm or death.

"Ms Hallett is the perfect vehicle for general deterrence, so the message from the court about this irresponsible behaviour gets across, that it will not be tolerated."

Mr Pithouse said Hallett was 'guaranteed jail' if she drove while disqualified before her sentencing hearing.

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