A WOMAN who stole and crashed a car while pursuing her ex-boyfriend has been ordered to do 100 hours of community work.
Ebony Jacqueline Jolly, 31 of Terang, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to unlicensed and careless driving, failing to report an accident and theft of a car.
She was fined $800 and placed on a 12-month community corrections order, with the condition she undertake assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and programs as requested, as well as the community work.
Jolly admitted she had anger management issues.
She said she had stolen the car to try and get her ex-boyfriend's vehicle registration so she could apply for an intervention order.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose said Jolly was starting to collect a number of significant court appearances including assault by kicking and assault in company.
"I'm not sure you realise how serious these issues are," the magistrate told Jolly.
The defendant was assessed as suitable to undertake a CCO and Ms Toose added, after reading a report, that there were issues that Jolly needed to address.
Jolly was also banned from driving for six months.
Police said that on February 24 Jolly had been at a home in Terang when she was involved in a confrontation with her former boyfriend.
She took a Holden Commodore sedan and attempted to follow him but lost control of the car, spun 180 degrees and crashed through a fence.
Police said the car, which was extensively damaged, was out-of-control for 50 metres.
Jolly and a friend fled the accident scene without informing the property owner of the damage.
When police spoke to Jolly she initially claimed her ex-boyfriend had nudged the vehicle from behind but investigations ruled that out.
Jolly said that she had previously tried to take out an intervention order against her ex-boyfriend but he had been unable to be served with legal documents because his address was unknown.
She said she had hoped providing a registration plate number would have assisted police.