Man's daring escape from quarantine with rope made from bed sheets

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A man has been charged over a daring escape from a Perth quarantine hotel, after allegedly making a rope out of bed sheets to lower himself from a fourth-storey window.

Western Australia police said the 39-year-old arrived in Perth on a flight from Brisbane on 4.15pm on Monday but had failed to apply for a quarantine exemption before his arrival.

An application was completed upon entry but it was refused as it “did not satisfy any exemption categories under existing restrictions for Queensland”, police said.

The man was issued with a direction to leave Western Australia and return to Queensland within 48 hours.

The rope made of sheets dangling from the hotel window.
A man has been charged with failing to comply with Covid directions after police claim he fled hotel quarantine using a rope made out of bed sheets. Source: WA Police

He was directed to temporarily quarantine in a Rivervale hotel overnight, but police say he escaped at about 12.45am on Tuesday.

“He climbed out a window of the fourth-floor room using a rope made of bed sheets and fled the area,” police said.

Officers arrested him at 8:55am in Mt Lawley and has been charged with failure to comply with a direction and providing false/misleading information.

He tested negative for Covid-19 and appeared before the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The drop from the sheet to the ground.
Quarantine Officers arrested the man at 8:55am in Mt. Lawley escape. Source: WA Police

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