A Longview, Washington woman was arrested on Aug. 13 after reportedly violating Hawai‘i’s 14-day quarantine emergency and vehicle rental prohibition rules pertaining to COVID-19.
According to Kaua‘i police, 51-year-old Shannon Patrick arrived at the Līhuʽe Airport on Aug. 12 after flying to Hawaiʽi from the mainland for a several-day visit. According to a police report, after leaving the airport, Patrick illegally rented a vehicle and proceeded to travel to her quarantine location in Kapaʽa.
Kauaʽi police were informed on Aug. 13 that Patrick had left her lodging on several occasions that day, as well as on Aug. 12. Officers responded and arrived at her quarantine location around 2 p.m. where an investigation was conducted that established probable cause to arrest Patrick for violating the Governor’s orders.
Patrick was transported to the Kauaʽi Police Department (KPD) Detention Center for booking. She subsequently posted $2,000 in bail and was escorted by police back to her accommodations for the remainder of her quarantine period. Her vehicle was recovered by the car rental agency, which had been deceived into conducting business with her, police say.
This case remains an ongoing investigation.
The Kauaʽi Police Department has made 68 arrests to-date for violations of the 14-day quarantine emergency rules, 30 of which were visitors and 38 Hawaiʽi residents.
All individuals who are arrested are also subject to up to one year in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines.
Kaua‘i police and Hawai‘i National Guard personnel continue to maintain a daily checkpoint at the Līhu‘e Airport where all incoming travelers are subject to the 14-day quarantine.
Visitors and returning residents from both direct mainland flights and inter-island flights are screened and subsequently required to quarantine.
“Our grassroots coalition of community members and businesses is very strong. We continue to remind off-island travelers that there are follow-up procedures that the State and County have in place to monitor individuals that are subject to quarantine”, said Assistant Chief Mark Begley. “We take the health of our community very seriously and continue to stress the importance of following protocols to help mitigate the spread of this disease on our island. We would also like to reiterate that any kind of leisurely travel is strongly discouraged at this time, and we extend our appreciation to the public for their understanding and willingness to do what’s best to keep Kauaʽi safe.”