An erratic driver wanted in the Northern Territory and Queensland, who faked having coronavirus in an attempt to avoid being arrested, is now in the Warrnambool police station cells.
Hamilton police Acting Sergeant Shaun McCulloch said police received reports about an erratic driver in Hamilton's Hensley Park Road at 5.15pm on Tuesday.
He said the driver of a white twin cab Holden Colorado utility was seen unhooking a trailer in the middle of the road.
The man then pushed the trailer to the side of the road and drove off.
"Police members observed the man driving erratically in Grey Street before he was intercepted in Tyers Street," Acting Sergeant McCulloch said.
"Further inquiries revealed the number plate crudely attached to the front of the vehicle was stolen from a Sunshine address.
"The driver was also unlicensed and his vehicle unregistered. He was arrested and transported to the Hamilton police station."
The man was found to have four outstanding warrants in the Northern Territory and Queensland for matters of dishonesty.
Acting Sergeant McCulloch said the man was strongly believed to not have the virus.
"There are currently strict protocols in place. Precautions were taken," he said.
The man is believed to have been coughing and spluttering and claimed to have coronavirus in an attempt to avoid being arrested.
He was assessed by ambulance officers and it has been confirmed he does not have the virus.
A man was arrested, interviewed and remanded in custody to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Wednesday for a bail/remand application.
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