A woman was denied bail for a number of offenses related to an alleged crime Street rage Incident on Newcastle Main Street that resulted in a driver being hospitalized.
Police claim 29-year-old Kristianne Bycroft had an argument with 55-year-old Lawrence Garinger in the parking lot of a Newcastle KFC around 6 a.m. before the situation turned into a dangerous chase through Newcastle city center.
Ms. Bycroft reportedly told witnesses that she met Mr. Garinger looking for a $ 300 debt.
The woman, who drove a white Ford Utility, chased the male driver and allegedly rammed his yellow Holden Barina several times along Honeysuckle Drive and King Street.
When the man tried to make a U-turn, the woman allegedly put a T-ticket on the side of the car, causing injuries to the man’s arm.
A second car was also hit by the Ute, with the driver slightly injured.
A group of construction workers attempted to intervene, but the woman allegedly fled the scene before the police arrived.
“Who needs coffee when you have adrenaline,” one of the workers told 9News.
“My heart was definitely racing.”
A short time later, the Ute was on King Street and was confiscated for forensic investigation.
Ms. Bycroft was arrested at her home above a nearby pub and charged with using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention. She drove recklessly / angry, did not give any information to any other driver, and possessed a prohibited drug.
Superintendent Commander Wayne Humphrey said he was “horrified” after seeing footage of the incident that was widely shared on social media.
“What I see is the potential for people to die on Newcastle’s main street,” he said.
“With the number of pedestrians around … the possibility of death was pretty obvious.”
“I’m just grateful that nobody was seriously injured.”
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