A tough-as-nails magistrate has given an Instagram influencer charged with high-range drink driving a swift dressing down and indicated she’s facing ‘very serious consequences’ for her actions.
Patricia Hadjia, 27, pleaded guilty to high range drink driving after she crashed into three parked cars and flipped her Jeep Grand Cherokee while three times over the limit in Maroubra in Sydney‘s east on October 16.
Her license was suspended after she blew a blood-alcohol reading of 0.181.
Ms Hadjia told Daily Mail Australia she was ’embarrassed and deeply regretful’ over the incident.
Her barrister, Tom Hughes, hoped the matter would be dealt with in Waverley Local Court on Wednesday and indicated he was seeking a community corrections order by way of punishment.
Ms Hadjia (centre) hoped her matter would be concluded when she faced the Waverley Local Court on Wednesday
Patricia Hadija (pictured left) crashed her Jeep after attending a wedding reception (pictured on the day of the crash holding a champagne flute)
Hadjia will appear again in six weeks, when she is expected to be sentenced and is facing ‘very serious consequences’
‘Since September 2018, 5,164 cases have been dealt with under the high-range section… 45.5 per cent have received a community corrections order,’ he said.
‘Having regard to her having no prior records and a guilty plea, 44.5 per cent are dealt with by CCO (a community corrections order) and 49 per cent fine only.’
Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge cut Mr Hughes off, telling him the statistics meant very little to her in her sentencing decision.
‘I’m not convinced a CCO is the way to deal with your client, Mr Hughes,’ the Ms Milledge said.
‘None of those statistics have any of the subjective material before me in terms of this offending.
‘[Ms Hadjia] collided with multiple cars, kept on driving, emergency services had to be called… her and her passenger were trapped for a period of time.’
Patricia Hadjia is pictured right at the scene of the crash, in the same green pants she wore to the wedding earlier that day. Her passenger sits atop the car
Patricia Hadjia, 27, pleaded guilty to high range drink driving after she crashed into three parked cars and flipped her Jeep Grand Cherokee while three times over the limit in Maroubra in Sydney’s east on October 16
Mr Hughes said his client was anxious to have the matter dealt with and move on, but accepted ‘what will be, will be’
The matter could not go ahead because she had not received sentencing reports for Ms Hadjia and needed further clarity as to what options are available to the court moving forward.
The magistrate adjourned the matter for six weeks, instructing Ms Hadjia and her team to seek sentencing reports ahead of her next appearance.
Mr Hughes said his client was anxious to have the matter dealt with and move on, but accepted ‘what will be, will be’.
Court documents reveal Hadjia’s 29-year-old male friend, who was the passenger at the time of the crash, climbed out of the wreckage smoking a cigarette.
Ms Hadjia told Daily Mail Australia she was ’embarrassed and deeply regretful’ over the incident
‘The guy was still in there and he had his head out the window… He put a cigarette in his mouth,’ a witness of the Duncan Street crash said.
He was also pictured sitting on top of the flipped Jeep.
The Instagram influencer, who works as a consultant for people looking to increase their engagement and followers on social media, posted a picture holding a champagne glass hours before the accident.
It’s understood she was a guest at a wedding.
Ms Hadjia will return to the same court on March 2 for sentencing.
Patricia Hadjia, 27, (pictured) is a social media influencer with about 39,000 followers on Instagram – and opened up to Daily Mail Australia about her car crash
Source: Daily Mail