Extraordinary moment police find illegally border-hopping women, 49, in the trunk of a Holden Commodore as she makes a desperate attempt to sneak into Queensland for the THIRD time
- A woman, 49, hiding in the trunk of a vehicle near a border with QLD
- It’s the third time the border hoppers have been caught attempting to enter the state
- Footage of the bizarre incident was captured on police bodycam at checkpoint
A Covid border hopper has been booted from the Sunshine State after being caught hiding in a car by police.
The 49-year-old woman from New South Wales was found tucked under blankets in the boot of a vehicle being towed by a flat-backed truck.
The bizarre moment on August 18 was captured on a police bodycam at a Covid border checkpoint at Goondiwindi, about 350 km south-west of Brisbane.
Queensland police said it is the third time the woman has been caught trying to smuggle herself into the state.
A Covid border hopper has been booted out of the Sunshine State after being caught hiding in a car by police
49-year-old New South Wales woman was found tucked under blankets in the trunk of a vehicle being towed by a flat-backed truck
Vision of the extraordinary incident shows an officer inspecting the vehicle and soon realizing something is wrong.
“There’s someone in the back here,” he can be heard saying in the clip. Jump out.’
He then asks if the illegal border crossing is “the only one there.”
Although the woman’s sound is muffled and her face is blurred, she appears visibly frustrated after being caught.
“I’ll be nice to you, you don’t have to be rude,” the officer says.
‘Do you know that you are not allowed to enter Queensland? If you didn’t know that, why are you hiding in a boot?’
Queensland police said it is the third time the woman has been caught trying to smuggle herself into the state
Police suspect the couple ‘tried to move to Queensland’ while the truck was towing some furniture
She was arrested and transported to Boggabilla in NSW and fined $4,135 for failing to comply with Covid-19 Border Direction
Due to the coronavirus outbreak in NSW, residents are not allowed to cross the border into Queensland unless they are an essential authorized worker or have a special exemption permit.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has taken a hard line through coronavirus lockdowns and interstate border closures, halting all travel from NSW in July.
Police suspect the couple “tried to move to Queensland” while the truck was towing some furniture.
Queensland Police said in a statement that officers intercepted the tow truck at the border and ordered the male driver to open the trunk of a sedan that was on the tray.
“The woman had been denied entry to Queensland twice before at the same border crossing in Goondiwindi,” the statement said.
“She was arrested and transported to Boggabilla in NSW and fined $4,135 for failing to comply with Covid-19 Border Direction.”