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Nadia Bartel looks glum as she prepares to face court over alleged driving offences

Nadia Bartel is set to face court in March over alleged driving charges that could land her in jail or with a large fine.
Glum-looking Nadia Bartel steps out of her Range Rover in Melbourne as she prepares to face court over alleged driving offences that could see her jailed

By Alisha Buaya and Padraig Collins For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 01:09 GMT, 12 January 2022 | Updated: 02:10 GMT, 12 January 2022

Former AFL WAG Nadia Bartel is set to face court in March over alleged driving offences that could land her in jail or with a large fine.

And the 36-year-old looked downcast as she took her Range Rover for a spin around Melbourne on Tuesday - the same day her charges were reported in the press.

Nadia, whose ex-husband is Geelong great Jimmy Bartel, paired a tank top with bicycle shorts and bright green $510 Bottega Veneta slides.

Out and about: Nadia Bartel looked downcast as she took her Range Rover for a spin around Melbourne on Tuesday - the same day her alleged driving offences were reported in the press
Out and about: Nadia Bartel looked downcast as she took her Range Rover for a spin around Melbourne on Tuesday - the same day her alleged driving offences were reported in the press

Out and about: Nadia Bartel looked downcast as she took her Range Rover for a spin around Melbourne on Tuesday - the same day her alleged driving offences were reported in the press

The fashion designer, who runs the womenswear label Henne, was seen clearing the mess from the driver's seat while running errands in the city.

She balanced two plastic drink cups and her iPhone in one hand, and carried a $2,460 Louis Vuitton tote in the crook of her other arm.

The mother of two locked her car door and made her way inside a building.

Ensemble: Nadia, whose ex-husband is Geelong great Jimmy Bartel, paired a tank top with bicycle shorts and bright green $510 Bottega Veneta slides
Ensemble: Nadia, whose ex-husband is Geelong great Jimmy Bartel, paired a tank top with bicycle shorts and bright green $510 Bottega Veneta slides

Ensemble: Nadia, whose ex-husband is Geelong great Jimmy Bartel, paired a tank top with bicycle shorts and bright green $510 Bottega Veneta slides

Mess: The fashion designer, who runs the womenswear label Henne, was seen clearing the mess from the driver's seat while running errands in the city
Mess: The fashion designer, who runs the womenswear label Henne, was seen clearing the mess from the driver's seat while running errands in the city

Mess: The fashion designer, who runs the womenswear label Henne, was seen clearing the mess from the driver's seat while running errands in the city 

Nadia's outing coincided with media outlets reporting she'd been charged with allegedly driving while her licence was suspended and failing to update her address. 

She was intercepted by Prahran Highway Patrol officers on Dandenong Road in the Melbourne suburb of Windsor at about 12.30pm on August 25, 2021.

This was just a week before she was filmed snorting white powder from a Kmart plate at an illegal party during Melbourne's lockdown.

She will appear at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on March 24 and could face up to four months' jail or a fine of up to $4,500 for a first offence.

Plenty of baggage: She balanced two plastic drink cups and her iPhone in one hand, and carried a $2,460 Louis Vuitton tote in the crook of her other arm
Plenty of baggage: She balanced two plastic drink cups and her iPhone in one hand, and carried a $2,460 Louis Vuitton tote in the crook of her other arm

Plenty of baggage: She balanced two plastic drink cups and her iPhone in one hand, and carried a $2,460 Louis Vuitton tote in the crook of her other arm

Errands: The mother of two locked her car door and made her way inside a building
Errands: The mother of two locked her car door and made her way inside a building

Errands: The mother of two locked her car door and made her way inside a building 

Nadia said she 'not aware' her driving licence had been suspended.

'In August I was pulled over by the police who advised me that I was driving on a suspended licence,' she told the Herald Sun on Tuesday. 

She explained the suspension was because she'd exceeded her demerit point balance.

Bad day: Nadia's outing coincided with media outlets reporting she'd been charged with allegedly driving while her licence was suspended and failing to update her address
Bad day: Nadia's outing coincided with media outlets reporting she'd been charged with allegedly driving while her licence was suspended and failing to update her address

Bad day: Nadia's outing coincided with media outlets reporting she'd been charged with allegedly driving while her licence was suspended and failing to update her address 

Police matter: She was intercepted by Prahran Highway Patrol officers on Dandenong Road in the Melbourne suburb of Windsor at about 12.30pm on August 25, 2021
Police matter: She was intercepted by Prahran Highway Patrol officers on Dandenong Road in the Melbourne suburb of Windsor at about 12.30pm on August 25, 2021

Police matter: She was intercepted by Prahran Highway Patrol officers on Dandenong Road in the Melbourne suburb of Windsor at about 12.30pm on August 25, 2021 

'I was not aware of the suspension as communication had been sent to my previous residential address which I didn't receive,' she added.

'I would never have driven had I been aware of the suspension and my residential details have now been updated.'

It comes after the now-infamous video of Nadia breaching Covid restrictions was posted to social media by her friend Ellie Pearson during Victoria's sixth Covid-19 lockdown.

In the video, recorded on September 1, Nadia was surrounded by other women who laughed as she leaned over a cheap plate and snorted a line of white powder.

Busted: Nadia's entire world fell apart when she was caught breaking Melbourne's Covid lockdown to attend an illegal party with friends
Busted: Nadia's entire world fell apart when she was caught breaking Melbourne's Covid lockdown to attend an illegal party with friends
Busted: In the video, recorded on September 1, Nadia was surrounded by other women who laughed as she leaned over a cheap plate and snorted a line of white powder
Busted: In the video, recorded on September 1, Nadia was surrounded by other women who laughed as she leaned over a cheap plate and snorted a line of white powder

Busted: Nadia's entire world fell apart when she was caught breaking Melbourne's Covid lockdown to attend an illegal party with friends. She was filmed snorting a line of white powder off a $1.50 Kmart plate

Consequences: Nadia, Ellie and two other women were fined $5,452 each for breaching lockdown rules. They did not face criminal charges over the white-powder incident
Consequences: Nadia, Ellie and two other women were fined $5,452 each for breaching lockdown rules. They did not face criminal charges over the white-powder incident

Consequences: Nadia, Ellie and two other women were fined $5,452 each for breaching lockdown rules. They did not face criminal charges over the white-powder incident

Nadia, Ellie and two other women were fined $5,452 each for breaching lockdown rules.

After the incident was widely reported, Nadia lost well-paid sponsorship deals.

At the time, she said she was 'embarrassed and remorseful'.

'I have let you all down by my actions,' she said. 'I take full responsibility and I am committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure I make better choices in future.'

Nadia did not face criminal charges over the white-powder incident.

Over: Nadia was married to AFL great Jimmy Bartel from 2014 to 2019. They share two sons
Over: Nadia was married to AFL great Jimmy Bartel from 2014 to 2019. They share two sons

Over: Nadia was married to AFL great Jimmy Bartel from 2014 to 2019. They share two sons

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