Police arrest two men after attempting to evade COVID-19 checkpoints

Police arrest two men after attempting to evade COVID-19 checkpoints

Last Updated: 4 weeks ago

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Since the return of Alert Level 3 restrictions for Auckland, Police has been conducting hundreds of reassurance patrols across essential facilities. This includes at supermarkets, pharmacies and COVID-19 testing sites.

During that time, five people have been warned for breaching the restrictions and two have been arrested and charged.

Brief details for those charged include:

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A 32-year-old man faces two charges of Obstruct/Hinder Medical Officer of Health or Person Assisting Med Officer following an incident on 16 August 2020, where he ignored an order to turn around and proceeded to visit his partner in the Waikato.

Police made enquiries to locate him and he was arrested and charged a few days later.

He appeared in Manukau District Court on Thursday evening.

A 58-year-old man faces a number of charges including Obstruct/Hinder Medical Officer of Health or Person Assisting Med Officer after he allegedly attempted to evade Police by driving down the truck bypass lane at the Bombay checkpoint on State Highway 1 on 17 August 2020.

He is next due to appear in Manukau District Court on  31 August 2020.

“Our focus remains on engaging, encouragement and education with the public. Generally, Police are seeing our community doing an excellent job of following the rules and social distancing,” said NZ Police in a media statement.

With the weekend coming up, Police is urging people to stay local.

“If you are out in public, it is recommended that you wear a facemask or covering and ensure you are keeping recommended distance from other people not in your bubble. We continue to thank our community for their continued to patience at the checkpoints which are still seeing some delays during peak hours. Stay safe and remember that the more we follow the rules, the sooner we can be back down alert levels,” said NZ Police in a media statement.

If you are feeling unwell, stay home and contact your GP or Healthline for further advice.

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