Woman jailed for traffic offences

A WOMAN with a history of traffic offences will spend two months in jail after appearing in court for driving while her licence was disqualified and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

Trina Schellbach drove home after spending a night out with a friend on August 22.

As she pulled into her driveway she was intercepted by police.

Schellbach provided a positive roadside breath test but refused to provide another specimen of breath after being taken to the police station.

As well as being over the legal blood alcohol limit, Schellbach was unlicensed after being disqualified from driving in April.

The 48-year-old had a history of similar offences, including failing to provide breath specimens in 2005 and in early 2010.

A third offence within a five-year period meant a jail term was within range.

Defence solicitor Judy Millward said her client had suffered depression and anxiety and rarely left her home to socialise.

She had not intended to drive on that night but started to panic and decided to drive home.

Ms Millward said Schellbach panicked even more after being “manhandled” by police officers but realised in hindsight that she should have complied with the request to provide another specimen of breath.

Magistrate John Smith took into account Schellbach’s history when imposing his sentence.

“A prison term must be imposed,” he said.

“The courts will not tolerate breaches of the law and breaches of court orders.”

Schellbach was sentenced to six months in jail but will be released on parole on December 19.

She was banned from driving for another four years.



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