Police in WA have tracked the mobile phones of two people who allegedly fled quarantine in Perth, resulting in their arrest more than 800 kilometres away in a remote part of the Goldfields.
The man and woman, both aged 48, flew into Perth from Queensland on Sunday and were ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days at an address in Cloverdale.
The pair were not there when police checked on Tuesday.
Police used “triangulation searches” of their mobile phones to track the alleged quarantine breachers to an area near Leonora.
Yesterday they were picked up by police driving on Goldfields Highway and were arrested and charged.
They were refused bail and were due to face Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court today charged with two counts of failing to comply with a direction and failing to present for COVID-19 test.
AFL grand final fan also arrested
A 29-year-old woman who arrived in Perth from Queensland yesterday has also been charged with breaching quarantine.
On Tuesday, the woman applied for a G2G pass to enter WA and indicated she planned to attend the AFL grand final at Perth Stadium on Saturday.
Police said they contacted her and informed her that would not be possible because she would need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Perth.
The woman flew to Perth anyway and arrived yesterday, with police saying she was again informed she would need to quarantine at a specified hotel in East Perth.
It is alleged she never arrived at the hotel and instead visited two other metropolitan hotels in the company of a man known to her.
The woman is accused of failing to wear a face mask and of failing to inform the hotel that she was subject to a self-quarantine direction.
She was arrested and was due to appear before Perth Magistrates Court today.Internet Explorer Channel Network