A hoon allegedly led police on a wild chase for 200km after trying to escape coronavirus-riddled Victoria into New South Wales.
The 51-year-old was stopped at the Hume Highway, South Albury checkpoint about 11.40am on Monday and told admitted to police he did not have a permit but wanted to drive to Canberra.
Officers soon discovered the driver had previously tried to cross the border several times without a permit.
The man was ordered back to Victoria with a police escort, but allegedly sped away from police in his Mazda MX5 – prompting a 200km chase.
Police immediately pursued the man, claiming he was driving at 172km/h in a 110km/h zone to evade capture.
Road spikes successfully deflated one of the car’s tyres, but the driver continued to speed away.
After almost 200km the car finally ran out of fuel and stopped near Jugiong in the Hilltops Region of New South Wales where he was arrested, police said.
The man was charged with reckless driving, not stopping for police, speeding and not comply with COVID-19 dirctives.
He was refused bail and is due to appear at Gundagai Local Court on Tuesday.