Rockingham: woman who used car ‘as a weapon’ fined for trying to run down man in Warnbro

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A WOMAN who used her car “as a weapon” received a $1000 fine after attempting to run a man over, it was heard in Rockingham Magistrates Court on today.

Andrea Helen Scheffer pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

The police prosecutor said Scheffer attended a Warnbro address on August 16, 2016, at 10.50am.

She pulled into the driveway and spotted the victim in the garage.

The victim has a violence restraining order, not related to Scheffer, which prevents him from being at that address.

He ran away, and Scheffer decided to drive around and look for him.

When she saw him, Scheffer drove her car across a kerb, an unknown person’s driveway and lawn, causing the victim to jump out the way and they shouted obscenities at each other.

Court appointed counsel for the accused said her client called hospitals after the incidents thinking the victim had been harmed.

She said her client was once in a relationship plagued by domestic violence, which is why she behaved this way.

Counsel said her client is currently in the process of trying to join the Australian Federal Police.

“The fact she called hospitals after it happened showed she has remorse for what happened,” counsel said.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said Scheffer cannot take the law into her own hands.

“It is inexcusable what you have done,” she said.

“You do not take the law into your own hands, you could have caused this man serious injury.

“You were using this vehicle as a weapon.”

Magistrate Atkins fined Scheffer $1000, but chose not to disqualify her licence.

She warned Scheffer that imprisonment becomes an option if she is convicted again of a similar offence.

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