Furious driver ‘used her 4WD as a weapon’ to chase a cyclist – threatening to kill him as she drove through empty lots and smashed her car into a front yard fence
- A terrifying road rage incident with a 4WD and a cyclist was caught on camera
- Driver Shelley Anne Alabaster pursued the cyclist and ploughed into fences
- She was sober and had only a small amount of marijuana in her system
A driver who threatened to kill a cyclist during an early morning ride ‘turned her vehicle into a weapon’ by pursuing him through empty lots, smashing into front yard fences as neighbours slept, a court has been told.
Shelley Anne Alabaster was captured on the victim’s GoPro footage furiously revving her four-wheel drive and ploughing into suburban fences, as the cyclist frantically phoned triple-0 for help.
Alabaster was not drunk and only had small amounts of marijuana in her system at the time.
She ‘pursued’ the victim through the vacant lot and at one point threatened to kill him as he took shelter in residents´ front yards
‘There is nothing about (the cyclist´s) behaviour that could provide an explanation as to why she acted the way she did,’ crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told Brisbane Supreme Court.
Alabaster, 46, was behind the wheel of her 4WD when she struck the cyclist along Wirraway Parade in Inala, about 3.30am on October 30 last year, the court was told.
Ms Kelso said the impact was not at speed, but it ended up leaving him with bruising and swelling on his calf.
As the cyclist stopped, Alabaster began making ‘racial accusations’ and warning him to stay away, revving the car.
A woman (pictured) was originally charged with attempted murder after allegedly ramming a cyclist with her 4WD in Inala, in Brisbane’s south
Neighbours captured footage of Alabaster revving the 4WD and pursuing the cyclist
She ‘pursued’ the victim through the vacant lot and at one point threatened to kill him as he took shelter in residents´ front yards.
Ms Kelso said Alabaster did not pursue the cyclist at speed, but her revving engine, captured on the man´s GoPro camera and by waking neighbours, ‘made it sound much more ferocious’.
‘(The victim) tried to raise (the attention of) people in some of the houses while calling triple-0,’ she said.
‘He had culpable fear … he was dry retching.’
Despite this, the court was told the victim had forgiven Alabaster and penned an ‘extraordinary’ victim impact statement saying he wanted to see her ‘rehabilitated’.
‘He might be entitled to feel unmitigated enmity towards you… instead he has made a remarkable request, to me, to show the compassion you denied to him,’ Supreme Court Justice Peter Callaghan said.
‘He finds no peace in your incarceration.
‘It’s one of the most extraordinary documents I´ve seen.’
Police initially charged her with attempted murder but Alabaster pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of dangerously operating a motor vehicle, threatening violence at night and assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.
She also admitted to driving without a licence and to five counts of wilful damage.
She was accused of deliberately drove at the man then through several fences (one pictured)
Defence barrister Jakub Lodziak said his client had been an alcoholic since her 20s and had experienced ‘trauma’ growing up.
Previous entries on her criminal history frequently involved her being drunk and ‘behaving poorly’ to police, the court was told.
Alabaster’s partner of 15 years and her adult children were in court to support her.
‘He is acutely aware of the difficulty alcohol poses for her,’ Mr Lodziak said.
He said she had been receiving mental health treatment during her 13-month stint in pre-sentence custody.
Mr Lodziak said Alabaster was remorseful and ’embarrassed’ as she could not explain her behaviour.
In sentencing Alabaster, Justice Callaghan lashed her for the ‘uncivilised’ and ‘terrifying’ course of conduct towards the innocent victim.
‘You turned your vehicle into a weapon and attacked an innocent civilian,’ Justice Callaghan said.
Alabaster received a head sentence of three years´ jail but was immediately released on parole.
She was disqualified from holding a licence for two years.