A BMW driver has allegedly smashed into one of Melbourne’s “ring of steel” coronavirus checkpoints.
The man, 33, crashed into the vehicle checkpoint on the Calder Highway in Gisborne South about 4.15am on Thursday, police allege.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the black BMW X5 crashed through bollards and hit a parked car before coming to a stop.
She said no police or defence force personnel were injured during the incident.
The Sunbury man was taken to a police station where he allegedly returned a positive evidentiary breath test.
Police said his licence was immediately suspended and he was expected to be charged on summons with drink driving and other traffic offences.
A caller to 3AW radio, Don, said the checkpoint was currently open and drivers were being let through without being checked.
He said a $100,000 BMW had been completely written off after colliding into an electronic sign and was sitting there with all of its airbags blown out.
He said it had also collided with the back of an unmarked police car and there was a mess of debris all over the road.
The checkpoint is one of nine roadblocks on major arterial roads out of the city that form what has been dubbed a “ring of steel” separating metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
The checkpoints are expected to be in place until at least November 8.
Police have conducted 32,196 checks on vehicles at the roadblocks and more than 1768 motorists have been fined for breaching the chief health officer’s directions at checkpoints.
Melburnians caught trying to flee the city into regional Victoria could be fined almost $5000 for leaving the restricted area without a valid reason under the directions.