A BALLARAT woman accused of stealing a RACV roadside assist vehicle while its driver was helping a stranded member, was also charged over the brazen theft of a BMW in which she allegedly drove over its helpless owner.
Belinda Frampton, 39, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday where she faced more than 20 charges including four counts of theft of a motor car, five of theft, two of reckless conduct endangering serious injury, burglary, aggravated burglary, dangerous driving while under police pursuit and assaulting police.
The court heard Frampton walked into the foyer of the Ballarat police station on August 10 this year before allegedly throwing a bag full of needles and drugs at police.
The next day she noticed the RACV vehicle pulled over on Armstrong Street North about 5.30pm.
Seeing that the vehicle was still running, Frampton allegedly got in and drove it to Russell Square in Ballarat North where she abandoned it.
On August 15 she went to a home in Tinworth Avenue, Mt Clear, where a young man was home alone. Frampton allegedly walked into the home and stole car keys to a BMW parked outside.
She allegedly mowed the man down, knocking him over the bonnet, as he stood in front of the car pleading with her to stop.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Kent said the car was spotted in Camperdown the next day when police were forced to call off two high-speed pursuits, including one in which Frampton allegedly drove towards police, causing them to swerve.
Mike Wardell, for Frampton, said his client had been “unravelling” due to a drug-induced psychotic state. Frampton refused to accept a sentence indication of three months’ jail, coupled with a community corrections order. She is expected to apply for bail on Monday.