Woman's boozy police pursuit ends in jail

A Cordeaux Heights woman will spend nine months behind bars and nine years off the road after taking police on a boozy, high-speed chase through multiple Wollongong suburbs in May.

Jody Jonceski, 34, was barred from driving until at least 2016 and had already been before the courts twice in 18 months for drink-driving the night she got behind the wheel of the Holden Commodore while drunk.

Police documents tendered to Port Kembla Local Court said officers noticed Jonceski driving along Allan Street in Port Kembla at 1.57am on May 4 and attempted to pull her over for a random breath test.

However, Jonceski ignored the car’s lights and sirens and instead sped off along Wentworth Street, turned into Church Street and drove towards Shellharbour Road.

Police followed Jonceski into and out of the suburb of Primbee, before heading along Northcliffe Drive towards Unanderra.

The court heard Jonceski lost control of the car twice during the pursuit, crossed to the incorrect side of the road multiple times and reached speeds of up to 120km/h in residential areas.

She was arrested after dumping the car at the Waples Road hockey centre at Farmborough Heights and trying to flee on foot.

In court on Friday, Jonceski’s lawyer, Matthew Ward, said his client had panicked when police began to follow her, and her actions had not been a ‘‘pre-planned escape’’.

However, Magistrate Michael Stoddart noted the pursuit had been a long one.

‘‘The pursuit went on for some time, reached speeds of up to 120km/h and you’ve gone on to the wrong side of the road,’’ he said.

‘‘You could have easily killed yourself or someone else.

‘‘As far as I’m concerned, you have forfeited the right to drive for many years, you’ve also forfeited the right to be at liberty.’’

Jonceski was jailed for a total of 21 months, with a non-parole period of nine months. With time already served, she will be eligible for release next February.