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Woman tried to run down mother: court

Sentencing has been adjourned pending additional psychiatric reports for a Red Deer woman who used a pickup truck as a weapon against her mother last summer.

Stacey Leigh Stewert, 33, pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Friday to six of 11 charges arising from two separate incidents.

Stewert has been in custody since her arrest on Aug. 8.

Police were called to reports that day that a pedestrian had been seriously injured in a collision involving a pickup truck.

Court heard that Diane Stewert, 60 at the time, had agreed to take her daughter to a Red Deer bank to withdraw $40.

When they arrived at the site, Stacey decided she actually needed $500, Crown prosecutor Maurice Collard said while reading the statement of facts.

A dispute arose during which Stacey Stewert wrestled the keys from her mother, who then fled the vehicle and ran for safety, hiding behind an electrical transformer box at the side of the bank.

Stacey Stewert backed her mother’s pickup truck into another vehicle and then rammed the transformer box, pushing her mother into the side of the building, and then drove away.

Diane Stewert suffered broken ribs, a broken pelvis and damage to her kidneys and spleen in the impact, which pushed the building wall in by a few centimetres, Collard said.

Earlier in the year, Stacey Stewert was arrested in Stettler following an different incident in Red Deer.

Court heard that Diane Stewert was getting into her truck after refusing her daughter’s demand that she take her to a bank machine.

Collard said Stacey Stewert forced her mother out of the vehicle and drove away on May 2.

RCMP were able to use the vehicle’s GPS system to track it as it sped eastward on Hwy 12.

She was arrested in Stettler, and charged with robbery, dangerous driving, fleeing police and possession of property obtained through crime.

Stacey Stewert had been released from custody at the time of the August incident, for which she was charged with attempted murder, dangerous driving, hit and run, assault and failure to comply with conditions of her release.

Appearing by closed-circuit TV from the Calgary Remand Centre and represented by Red Deer lawyer John MacNaughton, she pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of dangerous driving and one each of hit and run, robbery, possession of the proceeds of crime and failure to comply with the conditions of her release.

Collard said Diane Stewert is terrified of her daughter and describes her as a drug addict.

Provincial court Judge Jim Mitchell agreed to request further psychiatric and psychological assessments to determine Stewert’s mental state before proceeding to sentencing.

Stewert returns to court on Feb. 20 to set a date for the hearing.

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