Woman at Victorian border checkpoint charged with multiple offenses

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Police have laid several charges against a woman who allegedly passed a Victorian border checkpoint last month before being arrested on the other side of the state.

Police alleged the 57-year-old woman from Bateau Bay, NSW, evaded the Chandlers Creek checkpoint in East Gippsland in the early hours of December 30.

The woman had previously attempted to enter Victoria and was told to return to New South Wales and complete a permit application as she traveled from a red zone designated for the coronavirus, police said.

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Police said officers chased the woman after she passed the Chandlers Creek checkpoint “at high speed,” but quickly stopped over concerns that the woman’s conduct posed a threat to her. the community.

More than 12 hours later, a police officer on leave spotted the same driver near Nhill, western Victoria, en route to South Australia.

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Officers used a “tire deflator” to stop the woman on the freeway before she was arrested.

Victoria Police said on Wednesday evening that detectives from the Armed Crime Squad accused them of recklessly exposing a police officer to risk by driving, not stopping, driving recklessly, driving while being disqualified, using an unregistered vehicle and violating public health orders.

She has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court on April 7.

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-TBEN

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