COVID quarantine breaches

A 48-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman have been arrested and charged after allegedly leaving their quarantine premises in breach of directions given to them upon arriving in Western Australia.

The pair arrived in Perth on a flight from Queensland on Sunday 19 September 2021 and were directed to self-quarantine for 14 days at an address in Cloverdale.

They were not present at that address when police checked on Tuesday 21 September, and further enquiries revealed they had checked out the previous day and booked a flight to Esperance.

The Breach Investigations Team worked with Goldfields-Esperance police to conduct triangulation searches conducted on their mobile phones, tracking them to the area.

The pair were located by Leinster Police on Wednesday 22 September, driving a vehicle on Goldfields Highway, Leonora.

Both were arrested and charged with two counts of Fail to Comply with A Direction (Emergency Management Act), for failing to notify a change of quarantine address and failing to present for a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival. They were refused bail and will appear in the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court today, Thursday 23 September 2021.

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