A 21-year-old Telarah woman accused of leading police on a chase through six suburbs cried and yelled out for her children as she was refused bail in court yesterday.
Sheriff officers struggled to remove Temeka Cooper, of Carr Street, from the courtroom as she grabbed for her children while being escorted from the dock.
The court heard Cooper had led police through Rutherford, Maitland, East Maitland, Morpeth, Tenambit and Metford at speeds of up to 120km/h in 50km/h zones late last Thursday night.
Earlier in the night, police had attempted to speak to Cooper about reports of erratic driving in Rose Street, Cessnock.
Cooper allegedly ignored police, who had blocked her car in a Rose Street driveway, and reversed at speed then accelerated along the nature strip colliding with a letter box as she made her way back onto the road, Maitland Local Court heard.
One police officer was forced to take cover behind the police vehicle as Cooper spun her car’s tyres and drove away without headlights on, court
Highway Patrol police initiated a pursuit about two hours later when the woman was allegedly seen driving her Ford Telstar in Rutherford.
The chase continued along the New England Highway and into Maitland and East Maitland residential streets.
Court documents said police were forced to terminate then re-engage the chase because Cooper was driving on the wrong side of the road and
crossing double unbroken lines at dangerous speeds.
The pursuit was finally terminated in Maitland and a short time later police found the Ford abandoned in Elgin Street, South Maitland. Inside was a handbag containing bank cards belonging to Temeka Cooper.
Two days later, on Saturday, police gave chase to an unregistered car they allege attempted to evade them on Valley View Lane at Buchanan.
Police said they followed the car along the narrow country lane to its end at a rural property, where the
driver, Temeka Cooper, stopped.
In court, Cooper pleaded not guilty to 10 charges arising from the first
pursuit, including driving while
unlicensed, unregistered, uninsured, driving in a manner dangerous and failing to stop. She did not enter any pleas to charges arising from the
pursuit on Saturday.
The court heard Cooper had been disqualified from driving until 2013 for previous driving offences.
The matter was adjourned until August 20.