Mum fined after blundering cops thought they’d caught her on the phone at the wheel – but can YOU spot their mistake?
A FURIOUS mum was left with a $500 fine after bungling cops thought they spotted her driving and texting – but they got one key detail wrong.
Michelle Course was charged in November last year with driving while on her mobile phone – but a serious police blunder saw her vindicated.
Despite significant evidence, the mum-of-one from Melbourne, Australia, was slapped with a AU$496 fine after a police officer pulled her over when he thought she was using her phone and driving.
But she insists she was just eating an ice cream.
After being pulled over, she showed police her ice cream wrapper and stick from her Magnum treat and a receipt showing she bought it six minutes before she was pulled over.
Ms. Course has always maintained that she was eating a Magnum Ego ice cream, her favourite treat.
She told A Current Affair in 2020: "There's no way I could be eating my Magnum Ego, holding my phone, and driving at the same time."
It didn't matter to the highway patrolman, who slapped her with the £268 infringement fine.
Despite reservations about dealing with the justice system, Ms. Course decided to stand up for her principles saying she shouldn't pay a fine for something that she didn't do.
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In a re-enaction for A Current Affair, Ms. Course showed how she was driving the day she got the fine, and how the police officer ignored her proof.
She then contacted Victoria Police for their dashcam vision of the incident and requested her phone records to prove she wasn't using her phone.
But as she built her case, it was put on ice.
Ms. Course said: "Common sense has prevailed and the fine has been dropped.
"I was contacted a few days before the court date and I was very grateful that the system had worked and that justice had come about."
Ms. Course said she did not have ill feelings towards the policeman who fined her: "There are no hard feelings.
"He was just trying to do his job and I have a lot of respect for the police force and what they do."
Lawyer Justin Lawrence encourages anyone who knows they've been falsely accused to stand up for themselves.
He said: "It's on people to work as hard as they can to prove their evidence. If they're prepared to do it and hand up all the material to a magistrate, I think the law will on their side."
Mr. Lawrence, from Henderson Ball, told A Current Affair: "Victoria Police have got to prove the case, Michelle has collected enough evidence to say that she didn't do it".
The fine has been withdrawn just in time for Christmas, which will make the season a lot easier for Ms. Course and her son.
She said: "It will make a big difference for us. It's been another tough year during COVID, so it will make a massive difference for us."
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