Crime, Featured Stories, Health, News, State/Region — April 14, 2020 at 11:36 am

23 Minnesotans Charged with Violating Preventative Orders

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(MINNESOTA)  — As of April 14th, Twenty-three people have been charged with violating Minnesota’s preventive stay-at-home order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

This Executive order was put into place by Gov. Tim Walz in mid-March telling Minnesotans to stay put at home except to buy food or other essential reasons.  Violating an emergency order like this one is punishable by a maximum fine of $1000 or 90 days in jail.  Many of the cases seen of this misdemeanor charge has been a secondary offense to another crime added by law enforcement.

Among those charged is a suspected drunken driver whose truck got stuck in a Pine City construction zone.  He was found hiding in a shed after he fled on foot.  Another charged is a Chaska man who allegedly went to a hotel in Roseville to meet a prostitute he met online.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety and Gov. Walz have encouraged education over enforcement of the order.

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