COVIDIOT breaks quarantine to go to MVR to register car

by | Apr 10, 2020 | Cops, COVID-19 | 0 comments

A 22-year-old Alice Springs man who was ordered to self-isolate at his home last month, breached quarantine to wait in line at the Motor Vehicle Registry to register his new vehicle, NT Police say.

He’s one of the latest eight Territorians to be fined more than $1000 for breaching quarantine orders.

Police did not provide many details for the man who went to the MVR or if contact tracing would need to be assessed. They said he had returned to the NT by road from SA on March 29.

A 32-year-old Darwin woman who had arrived in the NT via plane on April 7, from Adelaide, was also fined after she bolted from the government-selected hotel she was forced to stay in on Thursday night.

NT Police said they located the woman, issued her a fine and then returned her to the hotel. They did not say which hotel the woman was being quarantined at, nor where she went.

A further six fines were issued Thursday night after reports of large gatherings in Tenant Creek and a run-in with an aggressive 63-year-old woman.

Police spokesowman Elle Arnold said in said in a statement that police seized “a large quantity of alcohol and dispersed the groups”.

“The infringement notices were issued to five primary occupants of the properties,” she said. 

“At around 9pm, NT Police in Jabiru received reports of a large gathering of approximately 20 people. Upon arrival police begun educating those on the social gathering directions and the group begun to disperse. 

“A 63-year-old woman became aggressive towards police and refused to leave the location,” Ms Arnold said. “She was issued with a fine for not abiding by the Chief Health Officer’s Directions.”

Police said that 3630 compliance checks have now been completed with 17 fines issued. It is unclear how many people are in quarantine across the Northern Territory after the police stopped reporting the number last week.

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