A 38-year-old man who is alleged to have tried evading arrest after illegally entering the NT from NSW and breaching COVID-19 restrictions in Adelaide River, has been hospitalised after NT Police claim he fell and hit his head during the arrest.
Police said the man illegally entered the Territory “without prior approval,” but did not elaborate on when the man arrived in the NT.
The man had travelled through rural NSW before entering the Territory at the Queensland and NT border control point, police said.
Currently, all of New South Wales is a declared hotspot for the purpose of travel to the Northern Territory.
Entry into the Northern Territory is not permitted from current hotspots or public exposure sites unless you are a returning resident, according to the government’s website.
Authorities were prompted to arrest the 38-year-old man after he was flagged to be non-compliant with COVID-19 directions in Adelaide River.
Police did not say if he was with companions when he committed the alleged breach.
During the arrest, officers said the man “injured himself after he fell and hit his head”.
He was taken to the Adelaide River Clinic for an initial examination of his injuries.
He was then transferred to the Royal Darwin Hospital for further medical treatment.
His current condition was not disclosed by the police.
The man also underwent a COVID-19 test before being transferred to the Howard Springs quarantine facility for quarantining and for “further investigations to be carried out,” police said.
It was not disclosed if the man has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Arresting officers were also mandated to self-isolate after making contact with the man who has since returned a negative result.
“Police are investigating the matter and it is likely the man will receive an infringement notice,” Incident Controller Commander Hege Burns said in a statement.
“I commend the officers involved who took swift action and were wearing the appropriate PPE to limit the spread of any infection, if the man in fact had returned a positive result.”