When to walk away from an argument

A WOMAN who has never held a Queensland driver's licence and got behind the wheel after a heated argument then reversed into a parked car, pleaded guilty to three driving-related charges in the Emerald Magistrates Court on Monday.

Jessica Amanda Brown appeared before the court with no criminal or driving history but left with $1000 worth of fines and traffic convictions recorded after police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Schapcott read three offences arising from one set of circumstances at 8.15am on November 2.

Sgt Schapcott told the court Ms Brown walked away from an argument at a Brown St address, got into a car and reversed out of the driveway "at high speed", hitting a parked utility with such force it was pushed up onto the roadside gutter, and received a large dent in the side.

She said Ms Brown then left the scene and was later located by police at Retro St where the car she had driven was parked at the rear of the house.

Police spoke with Ms Brown at 12.30pm, and during an interview, she admitted to driving the car without a licence and told officers she had never held a driver's licence.

Ms Brown, representing herself in court, said she had since applied for her licence.

Magistrate Cameron Press fined Ms Brown $300 each for driving without due care and attention and failing to comply with duties of a driver involved in a crash, plus $400 for driving without a licence.


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