Woman from red zone accused of shocking act at border checkpoint

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·1-min read

A NSW woman has been arrested in Victoria hours after allegedly speeding through a coronavirus checkpoint and escaping pursuing police cars.

The 57-year-old resident of Bateau Bay, which is in a red zone prevented from entering the state, evaded the Chandlers Creek checkpoint at 4am on Wednesday after a previous failed attempt.

She had earlier been turned away and told to apply for a permit.

Victoria Police say officers pursued the woman however, were forced to stop due to the risk posed due to the “alleged manner of the woman’s driving”.

The woman evaded police at the checkpoint before being caught later in the day. Source: AAP, file.
The woman evaded police at the checkpoint before being caught later in the day. Source: AAP, file.

Her vehicle was later spotted by an off-duty officer near the town of Nhill at 5pm before she was stopped with a tyre deflation device on the Western Highway.

She was arrested and taken into quarantine and will be interviewed by police at a later date.

She facing potential charges of endangering life, failing to stop on police direction and contravening Chief Health Officer directions.

The driver was allegedly en route to South Australia.

Her arrest comes as Victoria ended its two-month streak of no locally acquired coronavirus cases.

There were three cases detected on Wednesday, with health authorities believing they are linked to Sydney’s outbreak.

The new cases are from Mentone, Hallam and Mitcham.

On Wednesday, NSW’s daily locally acquired cases surged to 18, with the development of a new cluster in the city’s inner-west.

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