By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)
Drugs and alcohol were the reason a woman collided with roadside barriers on the Western Freeway, but she blamed an imaginary friend as the driver.
The Bacchus Marsh Magistrates court heard on Friday 2 August Rhylie Nolan, in the early hours of Sunday 9 September 2018, was travelling west on the Western Freeway, allegedly in an “erratic manner”.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker told the court Nolan “lost control of her vehicle and hit the roadside barriers”, spinning her car “180-degrees into the left-hand lane”.
When police arrived at the scene, Nolan was sitting in the passenger seat of her car and said her friend was the driver, but that friend had fled the accident on foot.
Nolan was taken to the Bacchus Marsh Police station for questioning where she admitted to being the driver of the car, she also handed in a zip lock bag of white powder which she said was ‘speed’.
The accused was later taken to the hospital for a blood test, revealing her blood alcohol content reading of 0.130, and her blood sample contained methamphetamine.
“I hope this teaches you a lesson and that you never come back to court,” Magistrate Gregory Robinson said.
“You are lucky to be alive.”
Nolan was fined $1250 with statutory costs of $127.40 with her licence cancelled for a period of 19-months.