A West Australian teenager has been arrested for allegedly speeding through a border checkpoint after his attempts to be granted approval to return home from New South Wales were repeatedly rejected.
Police allege the 17-year-old boy had multiple G2G pass applications rejected before he decided to drive from NSW to WA via Victoria and South Australia.
Once in South Australia, the teen submitted another application on Saturday suggesting he had been in the COVID-free state for 14 days, and was approved entry to WA.
The following day, he and his 24-year-old male passenger were stopped at the Eucla border checkpoint at which point police allege information was obtained which suggested he had recently been in NSW and Victoria.
He was turned away but allegedly returned two hours later and drove his vehicle at high-speed past the checkpoint, failing to stop for police.
“The vehicle was later located about 20 kilometres east of Norseman,” a police spokesman said.
“The two occupants were arrested without incident and have been tested for COVID-19.
“Each have been charged with three counts of fail to comply with a direction under the Emergency Management Act.”
The man will appear in Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court on Wednesday, while the boy will appear in Perth Children’s Court on November 23.
WA downgraded NSW to a ‘high risk’ state on Sunday, which meant returning residents could apply to return home on compassionate grounds.
Victoria remains an extreme risk state, with very few exemptions granted for people to enter WA.