Woman fined after being busted outside border bubble

A woman has been busted allegedly abusing her X-border pass after she was caught 1000km outside of the Gold Coast and Tweed border-bubble.

The 50-year-old is accused of travelling from Tweed Heads to Mackay and was pulled over at a roadside breath test in the region around 9.30pm on Monday.

“Police allege the female driver started her car and tried to drive away before police managed to stop her,” Qld police said.


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“She allegedly refused to comply with requirements of the RBT and was arrested.”

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski confirmed the woman has now been placed into mandatory hotel quarantine in Mackay at her own expense.

“That person for their trouble has been issued with an on-the-spot fine and also placed into quarantine,” he said.

“People should realise that we will be relentless in pursuing investigations into anyone who does not comply with the Chief Health Officer’s directions… particularly those who do it in a manner that will put our community at risk.”

People with an X-border pass can travel freely between the Tweed Shire and Gold Coast area but are not allowed to go any further north.

The woman has been issued with a PIN for breaching the Chief Health Officer’s Public Health Border Direction and has also been charged with two counts of failing to provide a specimen of breath and obstruct police and one count of driving under the influence of liquor.

She is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on September 15.

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