A Victorian man fined $1,000 for his attempts to sneak into South Australia claimed he was sightseeing when police found his van bogged on a back road.
The 23-year-old first attempted to cross the border with his co-worker, 18, at a coronavirus checkpoint at Bordertown at around 4am on Thursday.
After the pair were told they would need to isolate for 14 days if they entered SA the men returned to Victoria but were caught 12 hours later trying to cross again.
Police found the men’s Volkswagen van bogged in deep mud along a back road just 20 minutes north-east of the crossing.
Two men, 23 and 18, from Melbourne tried to sneak into South Australia on Thursday and were found bogged down on a muddy back road (pictured) on their second attempt
But the 23-year-old man, known as Mohammad, told 7 News he was not intending to sneak across the border.
‘I did not try to go back into South Australia through the back roads, the police accused me they did not want to listen to me,’ he said.
‘There was a river nearby there, I put it in the navigator and the navigator told me to go there.’
Officers fined both of the men $1,060 for breaching restrictions.
The 23-year-old man said he was sightseeing when he was caught by police attempting to cross into South Australia using a back road
SA Police have dedicated 500 police to patrolling the border to keep undeclared Victorians out but residents at the nearby town of Naracoorte said they believe people are still sneaking in.
‘I’ve always been so angry about it, but what are we supposed to do,’ a resident said.
Locals said they were angry at Victorians for trying to cross the border when South Australians had worked so hard to keep coronavirus at bay.
Victoria on Friday reported 66 new cases and a total of 442 active coronavirus cases in the state.
The recent increase of cases have resulted in SA putting a halt on its plans to open to reopen its border to Victoria on July 20.
Residents at the nearby town of Naracoorte said they believe people are still sneaking in using back roads in the area