A WOMAN drove a truck at her former partner and tried to run him over after he hit her dog with a baseball bat, a court has heard.
Skye Pascoe, 26, said she was "enraged" when she took her ex-partner's keys and hopped in his truck at her California Gully home.
The Bendigo Magistrates' Court heard Ms Pascoe narrowly avoided hitting him before she crashed his truck into a parked car and sped off down the street on October 9 last year.
Ms Pascoe has been charged with deliberately driving at a person and reckless conduct endangering serious injury.
Prosecuting, Leading Senior Constable Alan Walker said Ms Pascoe's former partner arrived at her property wielding a baseball bat.
The pair had an argument in the driveway before Ms Pascoe's dog "snapped and latched itself onto (the former partner) biting his leg". The man then hit the animal with the bat.
Ms Pascoe told police she "saw red" and was "enraged" by her ex-partner's violence toward her pet when she snatched his keys and attempted to run him over.
The court heard Ms Pascoe had lost her driver's licence 12 days prior to the offending.
Her licence was disqualified for four years on September 27, last year, over charges of dangerous driving and failing to stop at an accident.
Defence lawyer Alex McLennan said his client had made full admissions and acknowledged the seriousness of the offending. He said she made a "snap decision" to grab the keys to the truck.
"It was a very volatile situation," he said.
"The victim attended her property with a baseball bat after some to-ing and fro-ing of text messages."
Magistrate David Faram described Ms Pascoe's actions as "outrageous".
"The response of any sensible person would have been to go inside the house with the dog and call the police," he said.
"These are serious offences.
"Her response to get in the truck just 12 days after having her licence disqualified is outrageous."
Leading Senior Constable Walker said the offending warranted a suspended prison sentence.
Mr McLennan argued his client should be assessed for a Community Corrections Order.
Ms Pascoe had her bail extended and was ordered to return to court on March 17.