Queensland man refused entry into WA arrested after climbing out of hotel room using bed sheets
A Queensland man who was refused entry into WA has been arrested after climbing out of his fourth-floor hotel room and using a rope made from bed sheets to flee quarantine.
Last night the 39-year-old was issued with a direction to leave WA within 48 hours after a G2G pass he completed at Perth Airport was rejected.
Police directed him to quarantine overnight in a hotel in Rivervale, where he remained until just before 1am today when it will be alleged he made the brazen bid for freedom.
About 12.45am the man allegedly climbed out a window of his room, located on the fourth storey, and threw a rope he’d fashioned from bed sheets over the edge of the building.
It is understood he then shimmied down the “rope” to the ground below and fled.
The man was on the run for just over eight hours before WA Police officers from Operation Tide Compliance and Assurance found him on Beaufort Street near Second Avenue in Mount Lawley.
They will also allege he hadn’t completed a G2G pass prior to his arrival in Perth, which is why he had to fill one out manually after touching down.
He has been charged with failing to comply with a direction and with providing false/misleading information and has since returned a negative COVID-19 test.
In a statement released by police this afternoon, a spokesperson said the man had originally been barred from entering WA shortly after landing about 4.15pm, after it was confirmed he didn’t satisfy any exemption categories under WA’s existing border restrictions with QLD.
Under current restrictions, Queensland is classified as medium risk by the WA Health Department, with entry into WA not permitted without approval.
The sunshine State recorded one new COVID case today.
Approved travellers are also subject to a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 11 of quarantine, and they must wear a mask when travelling to and from COVID clinics and when heading to their self-quarantine premises from the airport.
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