Driving onto the wrong side of the road and almost causing a head-on accident has led a woman to Griffith Local Court.
Charged with reckless driving, the court heard Haixia Liu, 42, had panicked when she noticed she was being followed by police.
Her legal representative Conor Cregan said two hours before on December 3, she had been pulled over for a random breath test and was sent on her way.
Looking in her rear-vision mirror, she saw a police car following her and thought they meant to pass so she moved over, and then when they didn't overtake, she "panicked".
Police facts tendered to court, said at one point, Liu has driven for some time on the wrong side of the road on Kidman Way, with a number of oncoming vehicles seen to "slow and scatter".
One vehicle was forced to move over to the wrong side to avoid a head-on.
Mr Cregan submitted in her "country of origin" being followed by police was never a good sign.
"She panicked and is absolutely appalled at her actions," Mr Cregan outlined.
As a wine exporter, Mr Cregan said Liu was expecting her work to suffer from financial losses from the Corona Virus, which is taking a toll on export to china.
In a written statement, Liu wrote that she heard a police siren and thought she needed to give way as "I did not speed or do anything wrong."
She said because there was no room for her to move over to the left, she drove on the other side and "hoped the police could go through".
"I accept the issue with authority ... but there was almost a head on collision," Magistrate Joy Boulos said.
"Police were observing her for a period of time ... irrespective of how she panicked, it was erratic."
She was convicted, disqualified for 12 months, and fined $400.