Charges laid after man refuses to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions

A Kellyville man will appear in court today after being charged for allegedly refusing to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions and intimidating police in the Snowy Mountains.

About 10am yesterday (Thursday, July 2020), a 43-year-old man attended a ski resort in the Snowy Mountains. As he approached a ski lift, the lift attendant requested the man cover his face as per the resort's COVID safety plan.

The man allegedly refused to comply and, after becoming argumentative with staff, was asked to leave the resort. Police were called when the man refused.

Officers from Monaro Police District attended and spoke with the man, before directing him to leave the area.

The man complied and left in a grey Toyota Hilux.

A short time later, police were sitting in their vehicle near Prussian Creek on Kosciuszko Road, when the same man allegedly drove past beeping his horn, before swerving across the road.

The man was stopped by police a short distance away, where he allegedly refused to take a breath test.

He was arrested and taken to Jindabyne Police Station where he was charged with intimidate police officer, refuse to produce Australian drivers licence and other traffic offences.

The Kellyville man has been refused bail and is due to appear in Queanbeyan Local Court today.