A motorist reached speeds of more than 150 km/h during a police pursuit involving the Air Wing helicopter this week.
Shannon Taylor Kellow, 23, pleaded guilty in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Wednesday to dangerous driving while pursued by police and driving while disqualified.
The charges were laid following her arrest on Tuesday night, after a high-speed pursuit from Elphinstone to North Bendigo.
The court heard Kellow was driving a white Toyota Corolla northbound on the Calder Freeway at Elphinstone when she approached a police vehicle from behind at a fast speed, at 10.15pm.
She then overtook the vehicle and police estimated the Corolla was travelling at more than 140 km/h in the 110 km/h zone.
They called in another unit and the Air Wing helicopter was deployed. It found the Corolla and observed it travelling at more than 150 km/h on the freeway.
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At 10.27pm, police tried to intercept the vehicle at Kangaroo Flat, but Kellow did not stop.
She also deliberately drove through a red light at the intersection of High Street and Lockwood Road.
Kellow was seen to continue driving at fast speed through Kangaroo Flat, Golden Square and West Bendigo.
The police helicopter tracked the Corolla to a set of units in Cornish Street, North Bendigo, where Kellow and other occupants got out.
Police arrived a short time later and arrested Kellow at the address.
The court heard Kellow's licence was cancelled and she was disqualified from driving for two years last November, for driving while suspended, failing to stop on police direction, and failing to give information to police.
Defence lawyer Robert Timms said Kellow had plans to stay with her sister in Melbourne from this Friday, to detox from drugs.
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She had intended to follow that with residential rehabilitation, Mr Timms said, but COVID-19 had interrupted that plan.
Mr Timms said Kellow had told him that this was her last chance to get her life back on track, and submitted that any form of imprisonment would be "seriously difficult" for his client.
Magistrate Rodney Higgins postponed sentencing Kellow, but released her on bail with conditions she not drive a vehicle and not use any drugs of dependence.
Mr Higgins said he wanted Kellow to come back and show she had not been using drugs, and had used the time on bail to reassess her priorities.
"And you're right, this'll be your last chance," the magistrate said. "Today, for what you've done, I could easily give you three months inside."
Kellow will return to court at a later date.
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