Courtney Pollard jailed after Mad Max style pursuit that left two cops in hospital in Melbourne

Maniac driver who mowed down two cops during Mad Max style pursuit had been bingeing on GHB and was ‘really cooked’ after being handed a huge payout from a motorbike crash

  • Drug fiend Courtney Pollard rammed, slammed and ran over two honest cops
  • Police had been conducting a welfare check on the 27-year old at the time
  • Pollard fled McDonald’s fast food outlet and hit speeds of up to 170km/h
  • She was arrested after an hour-long high-speed chase that went over 40km 
  • Pollard drove on the wrong side of the road and hit multiple vehicles on the run
  • She had received a TAC payout of $160,000 which she blew on drugs and cars

Courtney Pollard was off her face on drugs and had fallen asleep in the local McDonald’s drive-thru when all hell broke loose 

A drug-crazed ‘maniac’ who mowed down two cops and left a 40km trail of destruction throughout one of Australia’s biggest cities had been living the high life off a government handout. 

Courtney Pollard, 29, had fallen asleep in a Maccas drive-thru lane in Frankston, south-east of Melbourne, two years ago when she was approached by the two officers.

Pollard woke up, and in horrific footage played to the County Court of Victoria, was seen ramming their police car, reversing into a male officer and pinning him into the wall.

A second female officer then had her ankle smashed to pieces after Pollard slammed on the gas and ran her down in a bid to escape the December 2020 incident. 

On Thursday, the court heard Pollard had been gifted $167,000 by a Victorian Government after a drug fueled motorbike crash in 2016. 

The court heard she had been a passenger on the motorbike when the rider fell asleep while high on GHB – Pollard’s preferred illicit drug of choice.

Victoria Police were called to conduct a welfare check on Pollard before she rammed two officers with her car (crash pictured) and drove off at speeds up to 170km/h

Victoria Police were called to conduct a welfare check on Pollard before she rammed two officers with her car (crash pictured) and drove off at speeds up to 170km/h 

The court heard Pollard had been consuming up to 50mls a day of the deadly drug since she was 19.  

Pollard sustained injuries to her legs, hip, pelvis, elbow and arm.

In July 2020, just months before she ran wild across Melbourne, Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission handed her the cash, which she blew on two cars and the rest on drugs and gambling. 

The court heard Pollard binged so hard on drugs after the payout it had left her ‘really cooked’. 

She had been trashed on GHB the day of her rampage. 

On Thursday, County Court of Victoria Judge Gavan Meredith sentenced Pollard to five years and four months in jail, with a non-parole period of just three years. 

He also cancelled and disqualified her from driving for two years, which means she will be back behind the wheel in no time if released on good behaviour.  

Pollard has already spent 569 days behind bars.   

This McDonald's drive-thru in Frankston, Melbourne, was where the wild pursuit of Pollard began

This McDonald’s drive-thru in Frankston, Melbourne, was where the wild pursuit of Pollard began

What happened the day of her rampage could have been taken directly out of a blockbuster movie, with Pollard reaching speeds of more than 170km/h in her bid to escape justice. 

The court heard police had already had a run-in with the unlicensed Pollard that day after she failed to stop for them in Carrum Downs – just down the road. 

Courtney stop, stop the car, what are you doing 
What a police officer was heard shouting before they mowed them down 

Pollard had been free on bail when she took off and headed to the McDonald’s for her doomed treat. 

CCTV footage from the outlet showed police calling her name before she callously ran them down. 

‘Courtney stop, stop the car, what are you doing?’ an officer shouted before he was cut down. 

The court heard Pollard ‘fishtailed’ her car out of the car park and hit speeds of 120km/h in an 80km/h zone as she headed east towards Patterson Lakes. 

Smashing over bins and mounting gutters, Pollard managed to avoid police spike strips, which saw her veer onto the wrong side of the road. 

Pollard's barrister Bethany East said her client now had the support of her new lover Stacey Fernandez (pictured), who supported her in court earlier this month

Pollard’s barrister Bethany East said her client now had the support of her new lover Stacey Fernandez (pictured), who supported her in court earlier this month 

Courtney Pollard, above, will likely spend just three years in jail over her wild 2020 ride

Courtney Pollard, above, will likely spend just three years in jail over her wild 2020 ride 

As police followed behind on road and the airwing from above, Pollard made it onto the Mornington Peninsula Freeway where she weaved through traffic at high speeds. 

Police claim Pollard hit 170km/h on Thompsons Road before running through red lights and again veering onto the wrong side of the road in a bid to escape. 

The court heard Pollard drove on the wrong side of the South Gippsland Highway, hitting 140km/h in the 80km zone in the process. 

Hopes of stopping the crazed driver were dashed in Dandenong when spike strips failed to slow Pollard down. 

With a tyre blown to the rim, Pollard continued to hit speeds of up to 150km/h, blazing through red lights as sparks flew behind her. 

Police watched on in horror as Pollard repeatedly swerved onto the wrong side of the road, reaching 140km/h on Huntingdale Road – an 80km/h zone. 

Dog Act: Courtney Pollard ran down two police officers who had tried to help her

Dog Act: Courtney Pollard ran down two police officers who had tried to help her 

Courtney Pollard (dashcam footage pictured) was hit with charges including four counts of intentionally exposing an emergency worker to risk and reckless conduct endangering life

Courtney Pollard (dashcam footage pictured) was hit with charges including four counts of intentionally exposing an emergency worker to risk and reckless conduct endangering life

After ploughing into another car, Pollard’s reign of terror finally ended when she slammed her vehicle into a tree and made a run for it. 

The court heard Pollard was arrested inside the Burwood home of a nearby resident, whom she had asked for a drink of water.

Her wrecked vehicle had been found littered with empty syringes. 

The court heard there was no doubt Pollard had been under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident. 

The court heard Pollard had been smoking cannabis since she was 12 before moving onto methylamphetamine, which she was injecting in the two years before her arrest. 

Pollard pleaded guilty to 17 charges related to the pursuit, including seriously injuring the police officers, unlicensed driving, failing to stop for police and breaching bail. 

In pleading for mercy, Pollard’s barrister Bethany East said her client now had the support of her new lover Stacey Fernandez, who supported her in court on July 8. 

‘She instructs that she wasn’t using methylamphetamine on the day of this offending but it was GHB,’ she said. 

Ms East claimed Pollard had been suffering post traumatic stress at the time of the rampage and asked that be taken into account upon sentence.  

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