A Texas man was arrested Monday night for violating the 14-day quarantine order for out-of-state travelers in place to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Chris Coleman, 36, was taken into custody at about 10 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Wailua Bay after getting into an argument with staff. He is currently being held on $1,000 bail.
Coleman arrived at Līhu‘e Airport on July 4 and was informed of the quarantine order, according to Kaua‘i Police Department’s preliminary investigation. He was also advised by staff at the Hilton Garden Inn about the quarantine requirements upon his check-in. He was informed that he could not leave his room, except for emergency medical purposes, for 14 days.
The 36-year-old was informed of the quarantine requirement a third time by the Kaua‘i Police Department during a miscellaneous call for police assistance involving a verbal disagreement between Coleman and hotel staff regarding his quarantine location.
On Monday, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Coleman requested hotel staff call a taxi for him. Employees informed Coleman they could not do that for him, and why.
“Coleman became belligerent with the staff, left his room and approached the hotel’s front desk employees demanding a taxi and making disparaging remarks toward them,” according to a KPD press release Tuesday.
Officers arrived at the hotel and arrested Coleman for violating the COVID-19 quarantine requirement.
He is currently being held at KPD’s cellblock and could potentially face up to one year in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for violating the COVID-19 emergency rules.