Bateau Bay woman to face several charges

A Bateau Bay woman accused of dodging police and rushing a Victorian border checkpoint is headed to court.

Police allege the 57-year-old woman evaded a COVID-19 checkpoint at Chandlers Creek at around 4am on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.

According to police, the woman sped past the checkpoint, with a pursuit briefly initiated before it was terminated over concerns that her driving could pose a threat to the community.

Police also allege the woman had earlier attempted to enter Victoria and was directed to return to NSW and make application for a permit to enter the state as she was travelling from a designated coronavirus red zone.

The woman was eventually arrested after an off-duty police officer spotted her driving near Nhill around 5pm that afternoon, with it understood that the woman was making her way towards South Australia.

A coordinated response by general duties police, highway patrol and detectives from Western Region ensured a safe resolution, with a tyre deflation device deployed on the Western Highway a short time later.

The woman was then promptly arrested and has since been charged 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 in April.

Dilon Luke