BAY HEAD – A Toms River woman was charged with violating the governor’s emergency orders for driving around playing Pokemon Go, police said.
Renee F. Perrine, 49, of Toms River, was charged on April 18 by Bay Head Police Officers with violating the emergency orders and operating an unregistered vehicle, according to a release by the State Attorney General’s Office.
The reason for the police stop was that she was driving an unregistered vehicle, police said. She told officers she was driving around playing Pokemon Go.
In related news, Seaside Park police issued summonses recently for public nuisance, a violation of a borough ordinance, to the following seven people for violating closure orders for beaches or parks related to COVID-19: Thomas M. Lanza, 27 of Toms River, and Dylan M. Connell, 26, of Palm Bay, Fla., on April 8; Jeffrey N. Burroughs, 53, of Los Angeles, on April 14; Zoe H. Bloodgood, 18, of Berkeley, on April 19; and Stefanie S. Gomes, 26, Robert P. Hickey Jr., 31, and Joao J. Pinho, 30, all of Kearny, on April 19.
“One month after Governor Murphy issued his emergency orders, we are flattening the curve and saving lives, because the vast majority of our residents are conscientiously obeying the social distancing rules and doing their share to fight COVID-19,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “Unfortunately, there are still those who violate the orders, risking the further spread of this deadly virus. What is worse, there are some who deliberately threaten our brave police officers, medical personnel, and other essential workers, impeding their vital work. Our message to violators is that we will hold you accountable, whether it is through a summons for those who violate the social distancing orders, or an arrest on indictable charges for those who deliberately harm or threaten others during this emergency.”
These charges are merely accusations until proven guilty in a court of law.