A Melbourne woman accused of using a car to run down two police officers at Seaford before fleeing and hiding in a backyard has sobbed in court after learning she will remain in custody until at least March.
Courtney Pollard, 27, from Fairfield, fronted Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday following her dramatic arrest in Burwood on Tuesday. She was apprehended after allegedly driving at speeds of up to 170km/h and later colliding with a tree.
Courtney Pollard was remanded in custody to reappear next year.Credit:
The court heard Ms Pollard, who wiped her eyes on her hands and white shirt throughout the brief hearing, was feeling "very stressed and anxious" about being in custody.
She made no application for bail.
"I'll make a note that she needs to see a nurse," Magistrate Steven Raleigh said.
Police previously revealed they had been called to perform a welfare check on a woman, thought to be unwell, at a restaurant on Ballarto Road in Seaford, about 2.40pm on Tuesday.
Police at the scene of the crash in Burwood on Tuesday.Credit:Nine News
They allege that when they arrived at the fast-food venue, the 27-year-old woman drove her vehicle into officers, pinning one policeman against a wall and then running over the leg of a policewoman.
Ms Pollard then allegedly fled the scene in a silver Ford sedan.
The two officers were taken to hospital in stable conditions while the police air wing followed the 27-year-old as she drove across the city for almost an hour, at times allegedly reaching speeds of up to 170km/h.
Police said officers on the ground then used a tyre deflation device before the silver sedan collided with a tree in Burwood – about 40 kilometres away from Seaford – about 3.35pm.
At the time, Detective Inspector Martin Bourke said the woman, now known to be Ms Pollard, then allegedly ran from police and tried to hide in the backyard of a house in nearby Gillard Street before she was arrested.
Ms Pollard has since been charged with a string of offences, including four counts of intentionally exposing an emergency worker to risk by driving, intentionally causing serious injury, reckless conduct endangering life and assault-related offences.
In Victoria, an assault on an emergency service worker attracts a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in prison.
Ms Pollard was remanded in custody to reappear in court on March 24.
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