Police officer allegedly spat on by Victorian truck driver at SA coronavirus checkpoint

A truck driver from Victoria has been arrested after allegedly spitting on a police officer in South Australia’s south-east at a border checkpoint set up to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Key points:

  • The 63-year-old man was charged with offences including aggravated assault
  • He allegedly became abusive after stopping at a checkpoint at Hynam
  • It follows other alleged spitting incidents in SA amid the coronavirus pandemic

The 63-year-old man’s grain truck was stopped at the checkpoint at Hynam, a small township on the Wimmera Highway near the Victorian border, about 10:00am.

Police said the driver was travelling westwards from Victoria “at speed” before coming to a stop.

“While police were speaking to him regarding his manner of driving, he became abusive and spat on one of the officers,” police said in a statement.

Police said saliva struck the male officer on the hand and uniform.

The driver was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, resisting police and using offensive language.

He has been refused bail and will face the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court later today.

It is the latest alleged criminal incident against South Australia’s health care and emergency workers since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Last month a nurse was allegedly spat on as she walked along Hindley Street to work.

In March, a woman was charged with speeding through a checkpoint on the Barrier Highway in breach of new COVID-19 legislation, and allegedly coughed on two police officers.

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