CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - Approximately eight people were arrested Thursday, April 2 for violating an Emergency Curfew in place in Caruthersville, Missouri.
According to the Caruthersville Police department, six of the individuals arrested were issued citations and released pending their court date. Two others were booked into the Pemiscot County Justice Center for violating the curfew and for street racing/imprudent driving. Both are awaiting formal charges.
Those arrested raged in age from 17 to 24 years old.
In a Facebook post on the Caruthersville Police Department’s page, the Emergency Curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily was approved by City Council members on March 27 in response to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and to cut down on large gatherings not following social distancing guidelines.
Caruthersville Chief of Police, Tony Lee Jones, said driving around town is not considered essential.
“You’re free to go to your mom’s, go from resident to resident, going to the store, the hospital, you’re going to work. You are allowed to do that, but just to be riding around, creating havoc, we aren’t going to allow that,” he said.
Jones offers this reminder for anyone who doesn’t want to follow the rules.
“The ones that were drag racing, I guess the probably thought there’s nothing we could do to them. Well we have an ordinance in place and there is something we can do to them. Like I said we got a place for them to go, we will put them in the county jail,” he said.
The curfew is until further notice. Residents can travel to an from work and enter businesses, but all non-essential activities are banned. To read the Emergency Curfew ordinance click here.