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Source: State of Victoria Police

Wednesday, 30 December 2020 07:42

Police have arrested a woman following who allegedly evaded a COVID-19 checkpoint in East Gippsland this morning.

About 4am on Wednesday 30 December, a grey Volkswagen Passat station wagon allegedly evaded the Chandlers Creek checkpoint at a fast rate of speed.

A pursuit was initiated but soon terminated owing to increasing risk to the community, caused by the alleged manner of the woman’s driving.

Police will alleged the 57-year-old Bateau Bay (NSW) woman had earlier attempted to enter Victoria and was directed to return to New South Wales and make application for a permit to enter the State.

An off-duty police officer spotted the woman driving near Nhill, allegedly en route to South Australia, about 5pm this afternoon.

A coordinated response by general duties police and detectives from Western Region ensured a safe resolution.

Police successfully a deployed tyre deflation device on Western Highway about 6pm today.

The woman was arrested without incident and will conveyed to a quarantine hotel by DHHS.

Upon her 14-day mandatory quarantine ending, she will be interviewed by detectives for offences including conduct endangering life, failing to stop on police direction and contravening Chief Health Officer directions.

The woman is a resident of the Central Coast area of New South Wales, a designated ‘Red Zone.’

The establishment of these checkpoints is a vital step in order to protect the Victorian community and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sergeant Madeline Gillard
Media Officer