Police have laid multiple charges against a woman who allegedly sped through a Victorian border checkpoint last month before being arrested at the other side of the state

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Police have laid multiple charges against a woman who allegedly sped through a Victorian border checkpoint last month before being arrested at the other side of the state.

Key points:

  • Police allege the woman, who was from the NSW Central Coast, was told she needed a permit to enter
  • She was arrested at Nhill hours after allegedly evading the East Gippsland checkpoint
  • She has been charged with driving offences and breaching public health orders

Police had alleged the 57-year-old woman from Bateau Bay in New South Wales evaded the checkpoint at Chandlers Creek in East Gippsland in the early hours of December 30.

The woman had earlier attempted to enter Victoria and was told to go back to NSW and complete an application for a permit as she was travelling from a designated coronavirus red zone, police said.

Police said officers gave chase to the woman after she drove past the Chandlers Creek checkpoint “at a fast rate of speed”, but soon stopped due to concerns the woman’s driving posed a threat to the community.

More than 12 hours later, an off-duty police officer spotted the same driver near Nhill in western Victoria, allegedly on her way to South Australia.

Officers used a “tyre deflation device” to stop the woman on the highway before she was arrested.

On Wednesday night, Victoria Police said Armed Crime Squad detectives had charged her with recklessly exposing a police officer to risk by driving, failing to stop, reckless conduct, driving while disqualified, use of an unregistered vehicle and breaches of public health orders.

She has been granted bail and is due to appear at the Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court on April 7.

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