13 December 2021

UPDATED: Birthday girl celebrates 30th in jail after pleading guilty to police chase

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Samantha Campbell pleaded guilty to all charges: Albert McKnight.

UPDATED 1:35 pm: Samantha Jane Campbell has to celebrate her 30th birthday behind bars after pleading guilty to a police chase on Monday (13 December).

In the ACT Magistrates Court, Magistrate Robert Cook said the Braddon woman had been in a “sustained pursuit” involving a number of police cars which started in Canberra city, passed through Limestone Avenue and Monaro Highway to Calwell.

He said she “optimistically” pleaded guilty to all her charges, which included dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving a car without consent, unlicensed driving and not stopping for a red light.

She applied to be released from bail, but that was refused and she was remanded in custody to be sentenced on 16 February 2022.

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A Braddon woman will appear in court today after a police pursuit this morning. Photo: File.

10:20 am: A Braddon woman will celebrate her 30th birthday with a court appearance after a police pursuit early this morning (13 December).

At about 3:40 am today, police observed a blue Holden Commodore in Braddon that had been reported stolen.

The Commodore was then allegedly sighted by police travelling south through Canberra suburbs on the wrong side of the road, not stopping at red lights, exceeding the speed limit and generally driving erratically.

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At about 4 am, police successfully deployed ‘stop-sticks’ while the vehicle was travelling on Clift Crescent in Richardson.

The Commodore continued driving on deflated tyres and eventually no tyres, finally coming to a stop when it collided with a traffic sign in Were St, Calwell.

A 30-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and charged with failing to stop, driving without a licence, driving a vehicle without consent, aggravated dangerous driving and not stopping at a red light.

She is expected to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today.

Anyone with information about vehicle thefts that can assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

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