Coronavirus crisis: Woman allegedly ditches hotel quarantine in Perth CBD

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The woman allegedly went clubbing, dining and shopping in the CBD during the breaches.
Camera IconThe woman allegedly went clubbing, dining and shopping in the CBD during the breaches. Credit: JacobStudio/Getty Images/iStockphoto

WA Police have charged an American woman with multiple quarantine breaches after she allegedly left her hotel room to visit various public places in the Perth CBD.

The 23-year-old woman arrived in Perth from Cairns last Friday and is accused of failing to comply with self-quarantine requirements on five separate occasions.

Police will allege the American woman was not in her room when officers went to check on her this week, claiming she’d abandoned the short-stay accommodation to dine and shop in the Perth CBD.

Her behaviour came despite clear orders from police the day she touched down at Perth Airport, which instructed her to self-quarantine for 14 days in a hotel.

She has since returned a negative COVID test, and has been charged with five counts of failure to comply with a direction.

She is due to face Perth Magistrate’s Court from police custody today.

It comes a day after a 39-year-old man from Queensland was arrested after abseiling down from his four-storey hotel room using a makeshift rope he’d fashioned from bed sheets.

Travis Jay Myles spent about eight hours in the Perth community yesterday after allegedly fleeing quarantine.

He appeared in Perth Magistrate’s Court from police custody the same day, after police arrested him along a popular Perth cafe strip in Mount Lawley.

Mr Myles will see out the rest of his quarantine in prison, having failed to apply for bail at yesterday’s hearing.

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