Officer indicted after he ‘guided his daughter across the NSW-Qld border in time for her 21st birthday’
Officer charged with border crossing by allegedly helping his daughter escort from Queensland to NSW just in time for her 21st birthday
- Senior agent Robert Eickenloff to appear in court for alleged border crossing
- He is said to have accompanied his daughter across the border between NSW and Queensland
- Maddison Eickenloff had an incorrect border declaration pass to Qld . to enter
- She had worked at Thredbo in NSW before driving to northern NSW
- Ms Eickenloff is believed to have returned to Qld to celebrate a birthday
A police officer has been charged with misconduct after allegedly escorting his daughter across the state line from NSW to Queensland in time for her 21st birthday.
Chief Constable Robert Eickenloff is said to have escorted his daughter Maddison (20) through the NSW border on September 15, despite not having the correct border pass. courier post reported.
Miss Eickenloff, who had worked as a ski instructor in Thredbo, is said to have met her father in northern NSW before allegedly driving the couple through the border checkpoint and then to their Gold Coast home.
Police officers monitoring vehicles at the border reported the alleged incident, leading to Mr Eickenloff’s suspension from official duties and a criminal investigation by the Queensland Police Ethical Standards Command into his actions.
It is alleged that she attempted to enter Queensland by falsely stating she was an essential worker on her border document.
Maddison Eickenloff, 20, had worked in Thredbo as a ski instructor and had driven back to northern NSW from the snow resort where her father reportedly met her at the border
Queensland Police Chief Robert Eickenloff reportedly traveled from Brisbane to the Gold Coast to help his daughter cross the NSW-Queensland border despite not having the correct border pass
Under the current border restrictions, only limited categories of people can enter Queensland if they have been to a Covid-19 hotspot.
It is believed that Ms Eickenloff returned on September 22 for her birthday.
His daughter had to be quarantined at the hotel.
Queensland Police said Ms Eickenloff had been fined $4,135 for violating a border into Queensland on September 15.
On Thursday, the agency confirmed that a 55-year-old male senior agent of the Road Police and Regional Support Command had been issued with a notice to appear for the alleged offense of misconduct in relation to public office.
He is due to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 18.
An accomplished junior speed skater, Ms Eickenloff wrote to the Queensland Police Union magazine as a 10-year-old to thank the union for awarding a sports skating scholarship.
“I am so proud to receive this scholarship and it will help me achieve my overall dream of one day representing Australia at the Winter Olympics,” Ms Eickenloff wrote.
Queensland has recently reinstated its border bubble for residents living on either side of the state line, but anyone from a Covid hotspot, including most of NSW, must apply for a border pass to gain right of entry and then be quarantined for 14 days at arrival
Queensland has recently reinstated previous facilities for people living in the NSW-Queensland border zone to move back and forth across the state line for essential purposes such as work, school, shopping, care for the vulnerable and to get a vaccine dose.
Anyone from Covid hotspots, including NSW, must apply for a border pass to gain the right of entry and then be quarantined for 14 days on arrival.
The NSW government announced that the Tweed Shire on the Queensland border would be closed again from 5pm on Tuesday after a Covid-positive Sydney man traveled to the area.
Earlier, Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would wait for NSW to act before making an announcement about the border zone.