Queensland border: Truck driver rams into checkpoint after being refused entry

Truck driver, 26, rams through border post after being refused entry through Queensland

  • Man, 26, refused to ram the Queensland border on Wednesday
  • He was charged with illegally entering Queensland in violation of health order
  • Due to the state’s COVID-19 entry restrictions, the border is guarded by the police










An interstate truck driver has been arrested by Queensland Police after he rammed into a border checkpoint 300km west of Brisbane.

A 26-year-old man was denied entry into Queensland in Goondiwindi on Wednesday before rambling into checkpoint barriers in Texas later that evening.

Both towns lie along the Queensland-NSW border and are routinely patrolled by police due to the state’s COVID-19 access restrictions.

A 26-year-old man was denied entry into Queensland in Goondiwindi on Wednesday before rambling into checkpoint barriers in Texas later that evening.

Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the man has been charged with illegally entering Queensland in violation of a health order, and for willful harm.

“That person was turned around. They had no right of entry at Goondiwindi, chose to go to another border crossing in Texas, tried to drive through it in a truck – they couldn’t,” he said.

Both towns lie along the border between Queensland and NSW and are routinely patrolled by police due to the state's COVID-19 entry restrictions

Both towns lie along the border between Queensland and NSW and are routinely patrolled by police due to the state’s COVID-19 entry restrictions

Police used CCTV footage to identify the vehicle before locating the man around 5 p.m. Thursday.

The truckie has since been returned to NSW but will face Inglewood Magistrates Court on Nov. 18.

Police have carried out 16,000 vehicle checks along the border in the past 24 hours, turning over 191 people.

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