Truckie charged after damage to Covid-19 border blockade


A man has been charged after allegedly driving a prime mover through the Covid-19 border blockade on Keetah Bridge to enter Queensland from New South Wales, causing damage to the fencing.

On September 15, the 26-year-old man was turned around at the Goondiwindi border check point for failing to have evidence of a negative Covid-19 test.

Queensland Police then alleged at around 11.45pm that evening the man drove his vehicle through the unmanned hard border at Keetah Crossing.

The damage to the gates was discovered the next day by a border patrol crew.

Police obtained CCTV from the crossing and were able to identify the vehicle involved, and subsequently located the 26-year-old man in Texas around 5pm on September 16.

He was arrested and charged with wilful damage and fail to comply with Covid-19 Public Health Direction and is due to appear in Inglewood Magistrates Court on November 18.

The man was then ordered to return to New South Wales.

The crossing has since been secured with hard concrete blocks and police will continue to conduct border patrols of all roads and closures.

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