Woman who tried to run over cop has appeal refused

A DRUNK woman who drove her car into a police officer - breaking and dislocating his shoulder - has been given no relief on appeal.

Melinda Anne McCoy pleaded guilty in Toowoomba District Court in July 2014 to the serious assault of a police officer and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while drunk.

She was sentenced to four and a half years prison, to be suspended after she had served 13 months.

On the night of March 24, 2012 police pulled over McCoy, her partner and her seven-year-old son outside Toowoomba.

McCoy and her partner were drunk, with McCoy later registering a 0.133 blood alcohol reading. While her partner had originally been driving he insisted they switch after being pulled over.

In the driver's seat McCoy started to edge the car forward despite the police sergeant repeatedly telling her to stop. The car eventually got so close to the officer he was able to place his hands on the bonnet and told her to stop again.

Instead McCoy then heavily accelerated and the officer was thrown onto the bonnet and into the windscreen before falling onto the road.

The officer broke and dislocated his shoulder and was unable to work for a month and could not perform his full duties for another six weeks.

McCoy appealed the sentence claiming she had not been given enough credit for pleading guilty or the remorse she had shown. She called on the Court of Appeal to reduce the 13 months actual jail time to 10 months.

Supreme Court Justice Margaret McMurdo said while it was a "sad case" due to McCoy's personal difficulties and problems with alcohol the sentence she had been given was not excessive.

"Her conduct, whilst intoxicated, in deliberately driving dangerously at a police officer acting in the execution of his duty, was most serious," she said.

"It caused him significant injury but her behaviour had the potential to cause even more serious injury or even death. It warranted a significant penalty to deter her and others from such gravely anti-social behaviour."

The appeal was refused.


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