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DQ driver charged attempting to cross NSW border

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A disqualified driver has been charged after allegedly attempting to travel across the NSW/Victorian border with a passenger hiding in the car boot.

About 8.45am yesterday (Saturday 5 September 2020), police stopped a Mitsubishi Magna at a checkpoint on the Hume Highway, Albury.

The driver, a 34-year-old man, produced a valid permit but was unable to produce identification, and further checks revealed he was disqualified from driving.

He was arrested and a search of the vehicle was conducted.

During the search, police found a 41-year-old woman hiding in the boot of the Mitsubishi. She was unable to produce a permit and directed to return to Victoria.

The woman left in the Mitsubishi and allegedly travelled through a red light.

She was issued with two Traffic Infringement Notices for not stop at stop line at red light, passenger not occupy seat with seatbelt and a $1000 Penalty Infringement Notice for fail to comply requirement public health order – COVID-19.

The West Wodonga man was taken to Albury Police Station and charged with not comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 -COVID-19, driver motor vehicle during disqualified period, and drive with passenger in/on part of vehicle no seatbelt.

He was refused bail and appeared at Wagga Wagga Bail Court today (Sunday 6 September 2020) where he was formally refused bail to reappear at Albury Local Court tomorrow (Monday 7 September 2020).