Quarantine escapee caught in NT bar

The 27-year-old man was seen scaling the fence at the Howard Springs quarantine facility.
The 27-year-old man was seen scaling the fence at the Howard Springs quarantine facility.

A man has been caught at a bar in Darwin after breaking out of quarantine at Howard Springs.

NT police say the 27-year-old was seen scaling the fence of the quarantine camp, south of Darwin, before he was picked up by a white ute on Friday night.

He was later caught at a licensed venue on Mitchell St, Darwin, about midnight.

Police took the man back to Howard Springs, where he was tested for COVID-19 and returned a negative result.

Officers are now probing the incident, including tracking down the people who were involving in picking the man up outside the camp.

Australian Associated Press