A Brisbane man, who drove to Wollongong to rekindle a relationship with a former partner, has been caught re-entering Queensland on foot and trying to have his car towed through a Gold Coast border checkpoint.
- After being stopped from entering Queensland by police at a border checkpoint, a Brisbane man called a tow truck to take his car across as he walked across border
- Spotting the towed vehicle, a ‘diligent’ police officer ran a check on it and found it had been flagged
- The man was intercepted by police at a Tugun address and ordered into hotel quarantine for 14 days at his own expense
The 51-year-old was stopped at the M1 border checkpoint on Saturday night and was told by officers that he could not re-enter the state unless he arrived by air and then spent 14 days in hotel quarantine.
Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said the man had driven from Wollongong, south of Sydney.
“He’s come directly from a hotspot,” he said.
Police said the man called a tow truck company which transported his vehicle into Queensland on Saturday via the Griffith Street checkpoint at Coolangatta.
“One of our vigilant and diligent police officers saw the vehicle and just decided to do a registration check on it and of course we had flagged that vehicle,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler said.
“The vehicle was dropped off to an address at Tugun and that person was located there, so he had walked across the border.
The man was handed a $4,003 infringement notice and ordered into 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine at a cost of $2,800.
Queensland Police said the tow truck company that transported the man’s vehicle had done nothing wrong.
Chief Superintendent Wheeler said police were aware that someone may try and use a tow truck to get their vehicle through a checkpoint.
“It’s not something we haven’t thought of before, we have done checks before,” he said.
“I’m not surprised really at anything, but it doesn’t really help the cause when people are blatantly breaching the Chief Health officer’s directions.”
The latest border infringement comes one week after 43-year-old Brisbane man was caught trying to re-enter Queensland after driving to Tweed Heads to buy a fishing rod.
The man was handed a $4,003 infringement notice and will be forced to spend 14 days in quarantine on his return to Queensland.