An interstate truckie stopped as part of Queensland border patrols allegedly almost hit a police officer when he sped away, leaving "black tyre tracks" in his wake.
The 43-year-old-man has been issued with four infringements after he was pulled over at Wallangalla near the NSW-Qld border yesterday.
Police say the man became abusive and began punching his truck after handing over two invalid border passes.
After being told he had to turn around, the driver allegedly failed to hand over his licence. Then, seeing an infringement notice being written up, pulled a U-turn "almost hitting" the intercepting officer.
Police gave chase and caught up with him at a service station in NSW where the man allegedly refused to get out of the cab before throwing things out of the driver's side window.
Eventually he was helped to complete a new border pass, but was issued with a failure to comply with a COVID-19 direction, failing to produce a driver's licence, failing to wear a seatbelt and performing a U-turn over a double white line.
More than 130 trucks were intercepted as part of an ongoing operation on Wednesday, and Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said while compliance was improving, some still weren't getting the message.
"The non-compliance started at around 36 per cent, it's down to 13 per cent of those not having the appropriate passes," he said on Thursday.
Drivers have been warned about more congestion at the state's southern border after authorities announcement "checkpoints will be back" following a decision to declare all of NSW a hotspot.
Police intercepted almost 1900 vehicles on Wednesday, with six turned around and one person placed in hotel quarantine.
Australian Associated Press
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