Tanae Camilleri: Drug-driver avoids jail over Flagstaff Hill head-on crash –

A South Australian woman who was high on meth when she crashed head-on into another vehicle, injuring herself and another driver, has avoided an immediate jail term.

Tanae Camilleri, 43, was driving along Black Road in Flagstaff Hill, south of Adelaide, in September 2019 when her car veered into oncoming traffic, colliding with another vehicle.

Both she and the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident, Rebekah Western, were injured and taken to Flinders Medical Centre.

According to sentencing remarks, Camilleri’s dangerous driving charge was aggravated because she had the drugs fantasy and methylamphetamine in her system at the time of the incident.

Judge Paul Muscat told the Adelaide District Court that the accused developed post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after the incident and was diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome.

“You have lost motivation in your life as a result of feelings of guilt over the collision and the harm you caused to the other driver,” he told the court last week.

The court was told Camilleri had regularly used drugs throughout her life and had an addiction lasting the last 20 years.

“The night before the collision you had been at a girlfriend’s house when you used methylamphetamine and fantasy (and) slept the night at her house,” Judge Muscat said.

“You claim that you did not feel impaired by the drugs you had consumed the night before. Obviously, that was not so as your driving clearly demonstrated.

“Since the collision you have curtailed your use of methylamphetamine and fantasy, although you are still using each of those drugs.”

He said the accused was “incredibly remorseful” for her offending and had empathy for the victim but said her case showed the “incredible and real dangers” to the community posed by drug-driving.

Camilleri pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to two years and two months imprisonment with a non-parole period of 12 months.

However, the sentence was wholly suspended on several conditions, including random drug testing and a five-year licence disqualification.

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