Woman tries to evade checkpoint

POLICE arrested a woman who allegedly evaded a COVID-19 checkpoint in east Gippsland last week.

About 4am Wednesday, a speeding grey Volkswagen Passat station wagon allegedly evaded the Chandlers Creek checkpoint near Cann River.

A pursuit was initiated but soon terminated because of the risk to the community.

Police say the 57-year-old woman from Bateau Bay, New South Wales, 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 the same day.

The woman’s apprehension involved a coordinated response by general duties police, highway patrol and detectives from the western region.

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

The woman was arrested and interviewed by detectives for alleged 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.’