Drunk, drugged, and distressed, alcoholic Tanya Chapman decided she still wanted to drive. And so, on October 23, 2019 she got behind the wheel of a Toyota Landcruiser before backing into a fence, bashing a gate off its hinges and setting off on an erratic, chaotic journey around South Hedland. Just over 30 minutes later, that journey ended with her ploughing head on into a car driven by Indigenous elder Kennedy Finlay and his wife Alicia Stewart — who had been returning from a dialysis session at the Hedland Health Campus. The impact was so horrific that Ms Stewart — a mother of six, and grandmother of nine — was pushed so far into the backseat of the Holden Commodore that shocked witnesses could not initially see her. When emergency services did find her, she was already dead. Mr Finlay survived, but needed emergency hospital treatment. And Chapman, who was already banned for driving drunk in New South Wales, was treated at the same hospital — before being arrested and charged with murder. On Thursday, in WA’s Supreme Court, she was sentenced for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm, having pleaded to the lesser charge late last year. The court heard how Chapman, a 40 year-old mother-of-two, was a long time alcoholic, estimating herself that she would drink up to eight litres of wine a day. Her and her partner, having only arrived in WA days earlier, had also been drinking most of that day at the Pier Hotel. And after dropping her partner off at the airport, Chapman went home in tears — before taking up to three Stilnox tablets in an attempt to “black herself out”. Instead, still upset, she got back in the car — telling a neighbour she was bored and needed to get out of the house. Prosecutor Ben Stanwix said the driving which followed displayed “obvious incompetence” from the start. He said it ended when Chapman deliberately drove over a median strip onto the wrong side of a dual carriageway, before speeding at 110 km/h into oncoming traffic. “Understanding the danger and not caring,” Mr Stanwix said. Chapman’s lawyer Simon Freitag said from the moment of arrest, she had said she had no memory of the crash. But she did realise the harm it had caused, and was deeply sorry for it. “Her intention was not to get off her face and get behind the wheel,” Mr Freitag said. “But it has gone as badly as things could possibly have gone.” Mr Freitag said since being locked up in 2019, Chapman’s partner had since died in the Eastern States — meaning she could not attend his funeral. And that she had completed a 12-step alcohol program while in prison. Justice Joe McGrath said that showed there were prospects of rehabilitation. But he also said before that, a long prison term was warranted because Ms Stewart’s “death was totally attributable to you”. “There was no need to be driving that vehicle that evening,” Justice McGrath said. He jailed Chapman for ten years, with eligibility for parole in 2027. She will be banned from driving for seven years after release.