Victorian woman fined $4,000 after hiding in back of a truck to get into Queensland

Moment cops bust a woman hiding between the seats of a truck as she tried to sneak into Queensland from Victoria

  • Victorian woman, 51, was caught hiding in the back of the truck on Wednesday
  • The truck was pulled over for compliance check in Texas near NSW/QLD border
  • Both the woman and driver, 61, were fined £4,003 and refused entry into QLD 

By Eliza Mcphee For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 04:01, 15 October 2020 | Updated: 04:02, 15 October 2020

A Victorian woman who hid in between the seats of a truck in a desperate attempt to sneak into Queensland has been fined more than £4,000.

Police had pulled over the truck to check the driver had a sufficient border pass at  Texas, near the Queensland-New South Wales border, around 11.40 on Wednesday morning. 

But after jumping inside the vehicle to check for other passengers, the officer found a 51-year-old woman lying down behind the driver’s seat.

Both the woman and the 61-year-old driver were fined £4,003 and ordered to leave the state.

Police had pulled over the truck to check the driver had a sufficient border pass at Texas, near the Queensland-New South Wales border, around 11.40 on Wednesday morning

Victorian woman fined $4,000 after hiding in back of a truck to get into Queensland

Police had carried out inspections in 180 vehicles near the New South Wales/Queensland border

‘G’day. Would you like to pop out for me, please?’ the officer is heard saying in body cam footage.

‘I didn’t know anybody could fit in there.

‘Well, at the end of the day, I am going to refuse you entry to Queensland. But what also is going to occur is you’ll be receiving infringement notices as a result of it.’

Blankets and a pillow were also seen sprawled out in the truck’s cabin where the woman had been found. 

Victorian woman fined $4,000 after hiding in back of a truck to get into Queensland

Upon further inspection inside the truck, an officer found the woman hiding behind the driver’s seat

Victorian woman fined $4,000 after hiding in back of a truck to get into Queensland

The 51-year-old was fined £4,003 and refused entry into Queensland.

Blankets and a pillow were also found in the truck’s cabin

The truck searched was one in 180 vehicles stopped for compliance checks by Queensland Police, along with alcohol and drug tests.

During the checks three drivers were caught travelling under the influence of drugs. 

‘Officers intercepted a significant number of vehicles and while there were some issues identified, the vast majority of truck drivers clearly understood their requirements to social distance and limit their contact others while in Queensland,’ Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder said.

‘Unfortunately, some drivers were not complying with laws around drug driving, fatigue management and vehicle maintenance.’

Queensland shut its borders to Victoria in July after a sudden jump in coronavirus cases.

The state then disallowed any visitors from NSW in early August, however those living in the NSW/QLD border zone are able to travel within the state.

Victorians are only permitted into NSW if they had a valid exemption. 

Victorian woman fined $4,000 after hiding in back of a truck to get into Queensland

The 61-year-old driver was also fined and sent back to New South Wales

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