Tarnika Deborah Minnie-Fay Roma was sentenced for her role in the 2017 Ipswich car chase.
Tarnika Deborah Minnie-Fay Roma was sentenced for her role in the 2017 Ipswich car chase.

Ipswich mum sentenced over ice-fuelled car chase

AN Ipswich mother who, with a man, led police on a wild street chase that resulted in two officers getting injured has walked from jail.

Tarnika Deborah Minnie-Fay Roma, 25, of Ipswich faced Brisbane District Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempted robbery and assaulting a police officer.

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The court heard that Roma and co-offender Leonard Kylue Orlando Brown were spotted by police driving a stolen a red Audi about 10pm on January 22, 2017.

Polair tracked the pair from Goodna to Springfield Lakes. Picture: Queensland Police
Polair tracked the pair from Goodna to Springfield Lakes. Picture: Queensland Police

Police tracked them by helicopter from Goodna to Main St, Springfield Lakes where the pair were arrested while trying to hijack another car.

Roma “struggled violently” and it took three officers to restrain her, the court heard.

While trying to arrest Brown, a police woman sustained a fractured cheekbone and another officer sustained a shoulder and facial injury.

In court on Thursday it was alleged that Brown, who had already been given a head sentence of five years’ jail, was the principal offender.

Defence barrister Daniel Caruana told the court that Roma was “quite clearly being led along by Mr Brown” and that she was heavily affected by ice at the time.

Prosecutor Steph Gallagher agreed she was not the principal offender and did not drive the stolen vehicle, but said she was on bail at the time of the offence and had a criminal history.

Judge Jennifer Rosengren told Roma that her history was beginning to become “concerning” and she needed to ensure she kicked her drug addiction for the sake of her kids.

“You have three little young children ... and I hope you have some insight that drugs destroy people’s lives,” she said.

“And you’re at an age where you have a chance to do something about this.”

Judge Rosengren sentenced Roma to 15 months’ jail with immediate parole.

She had already spent about nine months in custody. — NewsRegional


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