Sheriff: Residents violating restrictions can be fined, jailed

Posted at 5:05 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 18:05:12-04

ABBEVILLE, La. - The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office announced they have received guidelines in handling certain situations if deputies respond to calls that are in direct contrast to orders sent down by the Governor's Office, according to Drew David, spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office.

In situations during the period covered by the Governor's COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, where individuals are violating the restrictions set forth in the Executive Order, a written citation may becomes necessary after warnings have been issued to no effect.

Sheriff Couvillon advises that his office will utilize "La 29.724, violation of an executive order" as the crime alleged. This provision makes it unlawful to violate "any order, rule, or regulation" that becomes effective "in the event of an emergency declared by the governor."

Violators are subject to possible fines of up to five hundred dollars and/or confinement in the parish jail for up to six months, David states.