Woman speeds away from police, asks them not to take her cannabis

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A WOMAN who took her mother’s car and led police on a high-speed chase later pleaded with them not to take her cannabis.

Appearing via video link from Melaleuca Prison, Lora Anne Steed was sentenced after pleading guilty to five charges including reckless driving to escape police pursuit, possessing cannabis and having no authority to drive.

Driving along Dixon Road on October 14 at 1`2.30am she overtook an unmarked police car and then turned around.

Police followed her a short distance before she sped away, later running a red light at the intersection of Ennis Avenue and Council Avenue.

It set off the camera at the intersection and the prosecutor said ‘light traffic’ was in the vicinity at the time.

Police later caught up with her at her Waikiki home where she was still sitting in the driver’s seat of her mother’s silver commodore.

After jumping out of the car when police arrived she was searched and police found 2 grams of cannabis in her pockets.

Steed said to police “please don’t take that” in reference to the cannabis.

She told police she failed to stop and sped off for “a bit of fun”.

The duty lawyer said when Steed first saw the police she panicked and sped away as she did not have a licence and her mother did not know she had the car.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said she had no choice but to impose a prison term.

Steed was sentenced to a seven-month term backdated to when she was remanded in custody on April 19.

She will also have to forfeit $1000 for a breach of bail and was disqualified from driving for four years.

Steed has never held a driver’s licence.