Northern Territory police have arrested a 23-year-old New South Wales man after he allegedly illegally crossed the Northern Territory border.
According to police the man arrived at the Kulgera Border Control Point, about 275km south of Alice Springs, on Monday September 13.
At the checkpoint, police say they told the 23-year-old he’d need to do 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine if he entered the NT as he’d recently visited a NSW hotspot.
Police say after explaining this to the traveller, the man chose not to enter Territory and drove back towards South Australia.
But later that same day, police say they found the man’s car « abandoned in a culvert » about 2km south of the border control point.
Police arrested the 23-year-old yesterday in the community of Yulara, a remote township near the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and say they believe the man « crossed the border on foot and then hitchhiked. »
Reporting by Lauren Roberts.