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Man arrested for quarantine breach after threatening police with a knife in Jurien Bay

Police have charged a man who had flown into WA for work after he allegedly confronted officers with a knife during a tense stand off in Jurien Bay last week.

The 23-year-old, who had arrived from South Australia on July 13, was supposed to be self-quarantining at a home in the popular beachside town north of Perth.

Instead, police say, he visited a pub with friends and proceeded to drink for several hours before threatening officers.

Police were called to a home in Doust Street at 12.55am on Thursday after receiving reports that a man armed with a knife was acting aggressively.

After forcing entry into the home, officers were allegedly approached by a man armed with a knife.

When he refused to drop the weapon, one of the officers drew their firearm. Not long after, the man dropped his weapon and was handcuffed and arrested by police.

It was only when police interviewed the man over the incident that they discovered he had recently arrived in WA and had allegedly breached a quarantine order.

The man is also alleged to have smashed a rear passenger window of a Toyota Hilux parked near the home.

The 23-year-old was charged with being armed in a way that may cause fear and criminal damage or destruction of property and appeared in the Geraldton Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The man, who was refused bail, has also been charged with failed to comply with a direction under the Emergency Management Act, and will face court on those charges today.

Police would not say if the man was a FIFO worker.

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