A woman dragged from her car could have avoided the much-publicised arrest if she followed Victoria Police directions, Premier Daniel Andrews says.
He has defended police actions in the wake of the arrest, with video of the confrontation going viral after it was posted on social media.
The 29-year-old masked driver was pulled from her car at a vehicle checkpoint in Kalkallo, about 60km north of Melbourne, just before 6pm on Saturday.
The Wallan woman was spoken to by an officer about a mounted mobile phone obstructing her view.
Police say she refused to remove it and then wouldn't provide her name, address or driver's licence.
In vision of the arrest later uploaded to Facebook, the woman screams and pushes away a male officer as she is ripped from her seat.
"If on any of the four occasions she was invited to provide her name, she had done that, well then it wouldn't have escalated to that point," Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday.
The premier also revealed he'd been pulled over by police at a vehicle checkpoint while travelling to his daily COVID-19 media briefing.
"If I had been asked to produce identification or my permit or any of that, I would have co-operated and then there's no need for anybody to be dragged from a vehicle," Mr Andrews said.
He noted it is an offence under the Road Safety Act for a driver to refuse to confirm their identity or provide their licence when requested by police.
"That's not optional," Mr Andrews said.
"No matter what stuff you've read on the web about some international covenant or whatever nonsense you've seen.
"We've got a state of disaster on here, people are dying, these are pretty high stakes.
"No one gets to make the choice that their rights, as they interpret them, are more important than public safety."
The woman, identified as Natalie Bonett in widespread media reports, claims she did not know it was illegal to refuse to provide your details to police upon request.
Ms Bonett was later released and is expected to be charged with driving with obscured vision, fail to produce licence, fail to state her name and address, resist arrest, assault police and offensive language.
Australian Associated Press