Arrest warrant catches up with accused armed robber Rebekah LeAnne Briercliffe

POLICE have caught up with a woman who failed to front Wagga Local Court on a highway armed robbery charge.

A warrant for the arrest of Rebekah Le-Anne Briercliffe was issued when she failed to meet bail conditions by appearing in court on November 9.

The case came back to court on Wednesday with news that Brierfcliffe had been arrested and was now in the Mulawa women’s prison in Sydney.

Brierfcliffe is alleged to have been involved with two other Sydney people in the armed robbery of Wagga men men when an alleged drug deal at a rest stop on the Sturt Highway went sour last November.

It is alleged bullets from a 9mm Browning pistol were fired at the men and they were robbed of $3525.

Her co-accused, Ahmad El-Hajar and Lana Camilleri – have already been committed to stand trial over the alleged heist in Wagga District Court next April.

Briercliffe’s case was adjourned until December 14 to arrange legal representation.

She will remain in custody at least until then.

In other court news, a Wagga man has pleaded guilty to leading police on a pursuit near Junee while he was a disqualified driver.

Mitchell Dacy, 27, of Glenfield Park, took off from police on the Olympic Highway about 11.45pm on October 15.

Officers had decided to pull Dacy over for a breath test and thought he was going to stop, but he suddenly turned left into Aerodrome Lane and sped off.

With their visibility hampered by dust thrown up by Dacy’s station wagon on the dirt road, police chased him for about 11 kilometres at speeds of up to 120 kilometres an hour.

Police lost sight of Dacy at the intersection of Aerodrome Lane and Harefield Road but headed to his house where he turned up soon after.

Police facts tendered to the court said Dacy initially said another person had been driving the car, but he later admitted it was him behind the wheel.

When police asked him why he did not stop, Dacy replied: “Stupidity, I didn’t want to get caught driving”.

Police checks revealed Dacy was disqualified from driving until March, 2017.

Dacy also pleaded guilty on Wednesday to driving in Kooringal on May 31 after his licence was suspended for unpaid fines.

The fresh offences breach seven good behaviour bonds Dacy was placed on in late August as part of a suspended jail sentence after being convicted of dishonestly obtaining property by deception.

Magistrate Erin Kennedy ordered Community Corrections to prepare a pre-sentence report on Dacy for when he is sentenced on December 12.

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