Ballarat crash driver pleads guilty to eight charges

A BALLARAT woman has pleaded guilty to a series of driving offences relating to a Humffray Street crash last November which left her and a passenger trapped for more than four hours.

Emily Louise Beaston, 19, appeared in the dock of Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday, where she entered pleas of guilty to eight charges including negligently causing serious injury, reckless conduct endangering life and two of failing to have a passenger restrained with a seatbelt.

But the hearing, which was initially listed for a guilty plea, was adjourned after Beaston’s lawyer was served with another brief regarding separate driving matters – an alleged police pursuit.

Defence counsel Amanda Hurst requested the adjournment, saying it would also be preferable for her client’s mother and grandmother to be present.

“It’s a substantial period of her life that would potentially be affected,” Ms Hurst said about the possibility of a prison sentence.

Magistrate Michelle Hodgson adjourned the case to November 22, but not before asking Beaston to enter pleas to the relevant charges.

The hearing is expected to go for one hour.