Woman accused of speeding through a coronavirus border control is arrested for ‘coughing in the faces of two officers and refusing a breath test’
- Woman, 51, was fined for allegedly speeding through a SA border checkpoint
- Police allege she then coughed in the faces of two police officers wearing masks
- Police searched her car and found two knives and an open carton of beer
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A New South Wales woman will face court after speeding through a South Australian border checkpoint and allegedly coughing in the faces of two police officers.
The Navara Utility sped through the checkpoint on the Barrier Highway in Oodla Wirra about 10:45pm on Saturday and was followed by a police car.
Patrols tried to stop the vehicle and pursued it along the highway until the car’s tyres were spiked about 1.5km north of Whyte-Yarcowie.
Police searched the car and found two knives and an open carton of beer.
A woman has been the first person fined under strict COVID-19 legislation after she allegedly sped away from a border control point in South Australia (pictured is another border check point in Australia)
The 51-year-old woman, who refused a roadside breath test, was arrested and taken to hospital for a medical assessment.
It was at the hospital that the woman allegedly intentionally coughed in the officers’ faces but they were wearing protective equipment at the time.
The woman has been charged with various offences, including engaging in a police pursuit and carrying an offensive weapon.
She was also issued a $1060 fine for not complying with COVID-19 directions.
The woman was refused police bail and will appear in the Port Pirie Magistrates Court on Monday.
It’s allege the 51-year-old woman also coughed in the faces of two officers after refusing a breath test and being taken to hospital for a health check (South Australian checkpoint pictured)
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens (pictured left) said it was important for the public to be made aware of the harsh penalties associated with -non-compliance of COVID-19 directions
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said it was important the public knew the severity of the penalties for breaching COVID-19 directions.
‘This in turn is key to achieving the desired public health outcomes, namely, minimising transmission of COVID-19 to flatten the infection rate curve,’ he said
‘While most people are doing the right thing and complying with these directions, there are still a minority within the community who are not complying with the restrictions and are putting others at risk.’
SA Health Minister Stephen Wade condemned the alleged actions of the woman as the national death toll for COVID-19 continues to climb