Five times over limit driver leaves trail of destruction

A 40-year-old female driver was heavily intoxicated when she crashed into two other road users and a fence in Ballarat earlier this year, a court has heard.

The Ballarat Magistrates' Court heard Raylene Cook had been drinking when she stole her partner's car from his Skipton home on February 17, and drove it to Ballarat where she crashed into another driver.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Clint Prebble said Cook did not stop and drove off, leaving parts of the car behind.

Cook collided with a second vehicle in Otway Street, leaving the elderly driver with leg and chest injuries.

She then crashed into a fence where police caught up with her.

The court heard it wasn't the first time Cook had been involved in a drink-driving incident over the past year.

Around 7am on April 28, 2016 Maryborough police found the accused, who had never held a licence, in a car which was stuck in a ditch along the Pyrenees Highway.

This followed a number of calls from the public about an erratic driver.

The court heard Cook smelt of alcohol, had beer with her and blew 0.227 during a breath test.

On Tuesday Cook pleaded guilty to the matters, in addition to a number of other charges including two counts of failing to appear on bail, the theft of a purse and breach of a community corrections order.

Cook's lawyer told the court alcohol and cannabis had been an issue.

She said the 32 days in custody had been a wake up call for Cook, but conceded she needed continual ongoing treatment.

The lawyer submitted this could be achieved through a community corrections order (CCO).

Describing Cook as a danger to herself and the community, Magistrate Gregory Robinson remanded the accused in custody while a CCO assessment could be completed.

Cook, who is facing extensive time off the road, will return to court in approximately six weeks' time for sentencing.