Man caught trying to sneak across Queensland border in boot

Brianne Tolj
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A man from New South Wales has been caught trying to cross the Queensland border by hiding in the boot of a car.

The moment police discovered the 41-year-old was captured on an officer’s body camera at around 6.45pm on Sunday night in Wallangarra, in the Southern Downs.

The officer can be seen shining a touch into the boot when he spots the man and begins laughing in disbelief.

“Oh hello buddy,” he says, to which the 41-year-old sheepishly responds: “Hey”.

Pictured left is the man and two women sitting on the side of the road. Right is the man getting into a police car.
A man from New South Wales has been caught trying to cross the Queensland border by hiding in the boot of a woman’s car. Source: QLD Police

“Stay where ya are mate,” the officer jokes after the man tries to stand up.

He was fined $4,003 for attempting to enter Queensland without a Border Declaration Pass and denied entry while the female driver and passenger, aged 28 and 29, were also refused entry to Queensland.

Since midday on July 3, anyone entering Queensland is required to complete a border declaration pass which is valid for seven days.

Victoria and areas of NSW are deemed as COVID hotspots and anyone who has visited those areas in the past two weeks will be refused entry.

However, Queensland is considering blacklisting more areas across NSW as the southern state desperately tries to control a number of coronavirus outbreaks.

Queensland has just two active COVID-19 cases while 90 people are being treated for the virus across NSW.

In Victoria, Melburnians are in lockdown again as the state government takes the unprecedented step of mandating face coverings to curb the spread of the virus.

Queensland has declared the whole state of Victoria a hotspot, as well as the Liverpool and Campbelltown areas near a popular pub in southwestern Sydney which is linked to about 50 cases.

But Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was looking at blacklisting even more areas.

"I had a preliminary discussion yesterday with the deputy premier and also the chief health officer," she told reporters on Tuesday.

"We're going to look at what happens in NSW today, but we are considering adding further hotspots at this stage," she said.

It comes as the placement of checkpoints along the Queensland-NSW border remains a sore point for both premiers, with neither prepared to concede ground for the sake of making life easier for border town folk.

with AAP

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