Conspiracy theorist avoids Vic conviction

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A COVID-19 conspiracy theorist has avoided a conviction for failing to hand over her driver's licence or state her name and address to police during Victoria's lockdown.

Police smashed Eugenia Limberiou's car window and dragged her out of the vehicle in a dramatic arrest at Carlton's Rathdowne Street in July last year.

The 29-year-old, also known as Eve Black, was fined $1652 for breaching the COVID-19 public health orders in place at the time.

Limberiou on Thursday faced Melbourne Magistrates Court, where she was fined $200 but avoided a conviction after pleading guilty to failing to produce her driver's licence or state her name and address.

She pleaded not guilty to a separate charge of providing a false name and address to police.

"I did not give false information, I simply did not give any information until after I was arrested," Limberiou said.

This charge was dropped after the court was told that the original police statement said she refused to answer questions but did not mention providing a false name or address.

In court documents police said Sergeant Matthew Davey made repeated requests for Black to give her name and address and hand over a driver's licence.

"She was argumentative and uncooperative, and wound up the window and locked the door, refusing to acknowledge or respond to police requests," police said.

The sergeant said he told Black if she refused to comply with the request they would forcibly enter her vehicle and that he shattered her driver's side window after she refused.

"The accused (was) then removed from the vehicle, handcuffed and arrested," police said.

"After a short time the accused provided her name and provided an address."

Limberiou had earlier come to Victoria Police attention after filming herself driving through a police roadblock.

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