WA Police have located the cell phones of two people who allegedly fled quarantine in Perth, resulting in their arrest more than 800 kilometers away in a remote part of the Goldfields.
- The couple were arrested while driving on Goldfields Highway near Leonora
- They had been ordered to self-quarantine on the outskirts of Perth
- Woman wishing to attend grand finale reportedly violated quarantine
The man and woman, both 48, traveled to Perth from Queensland on Sunday and were ordered to quarantine themselves for 14 days at an address in Cloverdale.
The couple were not there when police checked in on Tuesday.
Police used “triangulation searches” of their cell phones to track suspected quarantine violators in an area near Leonora.
Yesterday they were stopped by police while driving on Goldfields Highway and were arrested and charged.
They were denied bail and were scheduled to appear in Kalgoorlie Magistrates’ Court today on two counts of failing to follow an instruction and failing to test for COVID-19.
AFL Grand Final fan also arrested
A 29-year-old woman who arrived in Perth from Queensland yesterday has also been charged with violating quarantine.
On Tuesday, the woman applied for a G2G pass to enter WA and indicated that she was planning to attend the AFL Grand Final at Perth Stadium on Saturday.
Police said they contacted her and informed her that this would not be possible as she would have to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Perth.
The woman flew to Perth anyway and arrived yesterday, with police claiming they were again told she should be quarantined at a specified hotel in East Perth.
It is alleged that she never arrived at the hotel and instead visited two other metro hotels in the company of a man she knows.
The woman is accused of failing to wear a face mask and failing to inform the hotel that she was under a self-quarantine instruction.
She was arrested and was due to appear in Perth Magistrates’ Court today.
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