Pregnant woman attempted to run from officers at hospital

A pregnant woman who attempted to escape from custody while being treated at Shoalhaven District Hospital has been placed on a good behaviour bond.

Charlene Maree Smith, 24,  pleaded guilty to attempting to escape from lawful custody.

Court papers said Smith, who was seven months pregnant at the time, was being treated at the hospital last May for complications with her pregnancy when she attempted to run from corrective officers in the maternity section of the hospital.

A Corrective Services officer had to draw a pistol to stop her from escaping.

Smith had been transferred from Batemans Bay for care at the hospital on May 27.

Accompanied by two correctives officers, Smith was said to be in a depressed state at not being able to contact family or have a cigarette.

Unrestrained during her stay, Smith was able to move between her bed and the bathroom as required, however she was under the supervision of officers.

Around 3.50pm on May 28 after using the bathroom, Smith became upset.

One of the officers offered to get her a cup of coffee from the nearby kitchenette.

Smith told the other officer she needed a nurse or a midwife because she “needed some underwear because of woman’s stuff”.

The remaining officer told her to get onto the bed and would get someone to attend her.

Smith was standing between the bathroom and the door and made a run for it towards the exit doors, which were both open.

The officer yelled for her to “stop” but she continued running into a hospital hallway at which point the officer drew a pistol and shouted, “Stop or I will shoot, stop.”

Smith allegedly stopped and said, “Please don’t shoot, I’m pregnant.”

The officer holstered the firearm, with Smith again running, taking to a set of stairs where she fell near the bottom.

As she attempted to get up the officer handcuffed her.

Smith told attending police she “did the wrong thing and attempted to run”, saying it was “stupid” and she wanted to “go outside for a smoke”.

In Nowra Local Court Magistrate Gabriel Fleming placed her on a 12-month good behaviour bond.


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