A woman who was dramatically dragged from her car by a police officer at a COVID-19 checkpoint has shared photos of her bruised body after footage of the arrest went viral.
Natalie Bonett, 29, was making her way through the blockade in Wallan, north of Melbourne, on Saturday for her commute to work when she was stopped by police.
The officer informed the lash technician it was against the law to have her phone attached to a car charger which was mounted onto her windshield.
Following a brief and tense exchange, video showed the officer reach in drag the masked woman from her car as her passenger tried to pull her back in.
Moments earlier, police asked Ms Bonett to provide her name and driver's license but she requested to speak to another officer because the one that pulled her over made her feel 'deeply uncomfortable'.
'I didn't refuse to show my license, I simply refused to show it to him,' she told 9News.
Confronting footage shows the moment a young woman was dragged from her car screaming while she attempted to pass through a coronavirus checkpoint in Melbourne
The Beauty business owner claimed the officers were being 'rough' and kneed on her back, constructing her airways and leaving her with bruises down her arms (pictured)
Ms Bonett, who suffers from an autoimmune disorder and anxiety, said she didn't feel safe getting out of her car but had her permit in her hand.
'I had everything ready to go, he said that's illegal you need to remove that (car charger). I was just confused why he was stopping me in the first place,' she told the Herald Sun.
Ms Bonett said the police officers' response was disproportionate to her actions.
'If I had known I would be dragged out of the car and my clothes ripped, scratched and bruised, I wouldn't have done it, but I didn't know,' she said.
'I was in disbelief. I thought he was attacking me, I was happy to comply. I didn't deserve that, I don't think anyone does.'
Ms Bonett, who denied she is a 'COVID conspiracy theorist,' said she was handcuffed for 15 minutes before her boyfriend gave her driver's license to the police and she was released.
The Beauty business owner claimed the officers were being 'rough' and kneed on her back, constructing her airways and leaving her with bruises down her arms.
Ms Bonett claimed officers called for backup when she wouldn't leave her car and that a total of four police officers eventually arrested her
Ms Bonett said the police officers' heavy-handed response was disproportionate to her actions.
Ms Bonett, who denied she is a 'COVID conspiracy theorist,' said she was handcuffed for 15 minutes before her boyfriend gave her driver's license to the police and she was released
The video showed Ms Bonett screaming while being pulled away from the officer, demanding he stop touching her and get out of her car.
Her boyfriend and passenger attempted to hold her back, trying to tell the officer 'she's got anxiety' while Ms Bonett became increasingly distressed.
'What the f**k are you doing, what the f**k, get off me,' she shouted at the officer.
Moments earlier, the cop had given her an opportunity to state her name, and asked her several times to get out of the car.
'No, I don't feel safe. You're armed,' she responded.
The officer assured her she would be safe before eventually losing his patience and dragging her out himself.
The disturbing footage ended as Ms Bonett slipped off camera when she was dragged from the car.
Victoria Police were quick to hit back at criticism of their arrest, alleging Ms Bonett repeatedly refused to provide her