Driver faces court over car crashes

A woman alleged to have been responsible for multiple car crashes on Blue Mountains roads on Saturday, March 8 was charged with seven offences.

Iris Bennets, 36, attended a bail application at Parramatta Local Court on Sunday where magistrate Les Brennan described her case as “the worst example of driving I’ve ever seen.”

Police allege Bennets drove a Mazda ute eastbound on the highway at Lawson at about 1:10pm on March 8 and pulled in front of a Holden Commodore near the intersection of New Street, braking harshly several times and allegedly waving a tyre iron at the Commodore’s driver.

She drove away along the highway to Faulconbridge where it is alleged she stopped in front of a Hyundai near the intersection of Bellevue Road and reversed into it a few times before driving away again.

When the Mazda was some distance away it crashed into a Toyota Hilux and was then driven towards the intersection of Macquarie Road, where it stopped on the median strip.

A police vehicle was parked at this intersection at the time while officers were attending to duties nearby.

Officers saw the Mazda, approached it and arrested Bennets.

She was taken to Springwood police station and charged with driving recklessly (x2), driving a vehicle in a manner menacing others (x2), possessing a prohibited drug, common assault, being in custody of a knife in a public place and breach of bail.

Bennets appeared via audio-visual link in court and was refused bail by magistrate Brennan.

She was due to return to court at the time of this edition going to press.