A Gold Coast mother has been sentenced to two years’ probation for driving into a crowd of people at South Bank after drinking at a pub for four hours.
The court heard Lisa Webber got behind the wheel of a car after she was kicked out of the Plough Inn.
CCTV from just after 6pm on December 10 last year shows a black car mounting the footpath at South Bank and driving straight into pedestrians.
The driver pleaded guilty on Friday to dangerous operation of a vehicle and public nuisance.
One man was injured but three others jumped out of the way. The court heard the 36-year-old left the scene at speed, driving erratically.
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“The defendant didn’t make any attempt to render any assistance to the people she ran into,” Prosecutor Miles Leslie said.
The mother-of-three made it all the way to Toowoomba before she was arrested hours later.
The court heard she was in the middle of a marriage breakdown when she was kicked out of the pub.
“She sustained a number of knocks to her head, and she wasn’t in the right headspace,” her lawyer Isaac Munsie argued.
Webber was sentenced to two years’ probation and her licence was suspended for six months.
As part of her probation Ms Weber has to undergo a mental health assessment and receive counselling.
She’s also been ordered to pay $1000 to the injured victim, who still has pain in his shoulder and may need surgery.
“Everyone in this room must be thinking thank goodness this wasn’t more serious,” Magistrate Wendy Cull said.
The driver’s clean record will stay unmarked, and four other more serious charges were discontinued.