A young Maryborough mother with an extraordinary rap sheet was banned from going to every service station on the Fraser Coast. See why.

A Maryborough mum, banned from every Fraser Coast service station after a staggering 16 petrol drive-offs, has fronted court.

Karissa Nicole Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty in Maryborough Magistrates Court to 16 counts of stealing, dangerous driving, evading police, breaching bail and driving while her licence was SPER suspended.

The court heard Johnson had committed a series of fuel drive-offs (where the driver fills up but leaves without paying), some on consecutive days.

On March 23, police attempted to stop her but she drove erratically and in excess of the speed limit, according to documents presented to the court.

Then, on March 30, she evaded police when they tried to pull her over, with officers deciding against pursuing her as she turned at the intersection of Ellena and Tooley Streets.

On July 20, police attended a two-car crash at Tiaro.

Johnson was behind the wheel of a white ute.

When she was asked to produce her licence, she admitted it was SPER suspended.

Magistrate Kurt Fowler was stunned by the 16 fuel drive-offs, and the substantial amounts that were stolen, including up to $80, $70 and $50 on some occasions.

When she was asked to produce her licence, she admitted it was SPER suspended.

Magistrate Kurt Fowler was stunned by the 16 fuel drive-offs, and the substantial amounts that were stolen, including up to $80, $70 and $50 on some occasions.

He said the offending “seemed unusual”.

Because of the regular offending against fuel stations, as part of Johnson’s bail, she was banned from every petrol outlet on the Fraser Coast, an area of 7125sq km.

But she continued offending, resulting in a number of breach of bail offences.

Defence lawyer Morgan Harris said Johnson was a single mum who was looking for work.

She was dyslexic and partly illiterate, he said.

Johnson had been escaping a domestic violence relationship when the offending occurred and was living in her car.

She had needed fuel to drive her children to various appointments, Mr Harris said, and had also run the car continually for the children’s comfort, as it was summer.

Johnson now had stable accommodation and had been actively seeking treatment for ongoing mental health issues.

For the dangerous driving charge, Johnson was given a three-month prison sentence, wholly suspended for 12 months.

She was also placed on probation for two years, fined $6672.5, ordered to pay restitution to the petrol stations she had stolen from and disqualified from driving for two years.

Extracted in full from: Karissa Nicole Johnson sentenced for stealing, dangerous driving | The Courier Mail

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