A former private school boy who allegedly knew he had Covid-19 but kept partying at a busy nightclub in Adelaide has left the city watchhouse in a Mercedes-Benz after being released on bail.

Ralph MacIntosh, 19, was arrested and charged with failing to comply with directions under the Emergency Management Act on Tuesday morning.

He was initially refused bail and due to face court on Wednesday but following a review was later released on Tuesday and will now appear in court on February 18.

‘It will be alleged the man remained at a city nightclub and did not quarantine after being informed by SA Health that he had returned a positive Covid-19 test,’ SA Police said in a statement.

The teen, who is believed to be from one of the wealthiest families in South Australia, could face a maximum penalty of two years behind bars and a fine of $20,000 if convicted.

Ralph MacIntosh, 19, was arrested and charged with failing to comply with directions under the Emergency Management Act on Tuesday morning

Ralph MacIntosh, 19, was arrested and charged with failing to comply with directions under the Emergency Management Act on Tuesday morning

Ralph MacIntosh, 19, was arrested and charged with failing to comply with directions under the Emergency Management Act on Tuesday morning

Mr MacIntosh was seen leaving the Adelaide city watchhouse on Tuesday after being released on bail

Mr MacIntosh was seen leaving the Adelaide city watchhouse on Tuesday after being released on bail

Mr MacIntosh was seen leaving the Adelaide city watchhouse on Tuesday after being released on bail

Mr MacIntosh had spent the night at the Loverboy club in Adelaide’s city centre on December 17.

He is understood to have received a text message from SA Health at 10.18pm – but allegedly ignored the warning and entered the club at 10.45pm. 

The nightclub was then listed as an exposure site from 10.45pm on Friday, December 17 to 4.15am on Saturday, December 18, forcing hundreds of revellers into isolation. 

The teen earlier claimed he did not see the message until the next morning, after his actions sparked anger around the state.  

Police allege the 19-year-old partied at a nightclub in the city's centre despite knowing he had Covid-19

Police allege the 19-year-old partied at a nightclub in the city's centre despite knowing he had Covid-19

Police allege the 19-year-old partied at a nightclub in the city’s centre despite knowing he had Covid-19

‘I reckon we just drop it. I’ve admitted to my mistakes and am truly apologetic,’ he wrote to social media.     

Loverboy earlier described the infected-patron as ‘selfish’ in a statement and warned the venue planned to take legal action.

The former private school boy's actions sparked anger around South Australia

The former private school boy's actions sparked anger around South Australia

The former private school boy’s actions sparked anger around South Australia

‘Christmas is supposed to be a time to celebrate with family and loved ones, however, because of the actions of one selfish person, that won’t be the case for many,’ the statement read. 

‘We have to close our doors for the busiest week of the year and will be opening presents in isolation. We will be seeking justice.’  

Premier Steven Marshall said the teenager’s actions were ‘regrettable’. 

‘I think there’s been pretty strong public outrage,’ he said.

‘I think it just serves as a lesson to everybody that we’ve done well as a state but it does rely on everybody doing the right thing.’  

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