Geraldton woman fined $2000 for running over partner

Staff reporterGeraldton Guardian
VideoHayden Michael Read, who was run over by his ex-partner Chanelle Monique Otto, has embarked on a long and painful road to recovery. But his determination has impressed medical staff. Video: Sue Read

An alcohol-affected Geraldton woman who ran over her partner– causing extensive and life threatening injuries – was today fined $2000 and given a suspended jail sentence.

Geraldton Magistrate’s Court was told Chanelle Monique Otto, 33, had been arguing with Hayden Michael Read before she ran over him in Phelps Street, Beresford, on June 19, while driving her Holden Barina.

Mr Read suffered horrific injuries, including a crushed vertebrae, two broken legs, two dislocated hips, a fractured skull, bleeding of the brain and ligament damage to a knee.

Magistrate Donna Webb fined Otto and sentenced her to 11 months jail, suspended for 16 months.

Ms Webb took into account that Otto had waited for police to arrive and that she had entered an early guilty plea to a charge of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm under the influence of alcohol.

Outside court, Mr Read told reporters he believed the sentence was too light, given the impact of his injuries on his quality of life.

“She’s sorry and everything now but at the end of the day if she was sorry she wouldn’t have run me over to start with,” he said.

“My quality of life and every-thing else is going to be changed.

“Just because she’s made a couple of choices in her life after this she gets away with it.”

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