Victorians fined after van gets bogged trying to cross South Australia border

| 04.07,20. 03:24 AM |



Victorians fined after van gets bogged trying to cross South Australia border


Police have fined two Victorian men who bogged their car while trying to cross the border into South Australia. (SA Police)


Police have fined two Victorian men who bogged their van while trying to cross the border into South Australia.

Officers say the men had originally attempted to cross the border when their Volkswagen was stopped at a checkpoint on the Dukes Highway, Bordertown, SA about 4am yesterday.

The 23-year-old Tarneit man and 18-year-old Delahey man failed to complete a compulsory online application and were refused entry as their travel was non-essential.

Police say the men chose to return to Victoria, rather than spend 14 days in self-isolation.

About 12 hours later, patrolling officers located the same van bogged on a dirt track near Pinehill Road, Senior, with the same two men inside.

Police allege the men briefly returned to Victoria, then re-entered South Australia, avoiding the border checkpoint and using backroads instead.

Both men were issued with a $1060 on the spot fine and again given the opportunity to either self-isolate for 14 days or return to Victoria.

They wisely chose the second option and were escorted back across the border by police.

South Australia Police warn that border patrols will continue and anyone caught trying to enter the state illegally will be caught.

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