A paddleboarder in California was chased down on the Pacific Ocean by sheriff’s deputies for violating Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order.
Lifeguards flagged down Los Angeles County Sheriff Department deputies on Thursday, telling them that an adult male was in the water and not listening to orders to stop paddling.
The suspect was in the water paddle boarding for 30 to 40 minutes before sheriff deputies brought in a boat from Marine Del Rey Station.
“Once the Sheriff’s boat arrived on scene, the suspect complied and swam to shore,” the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station said in a statement.
The male was transported to the local sheriff’s station, where he was booked and released on a promise to appear in court, deputies said.
He was arrested for disobeying a lifeguard and violating the governor’s order. The paddleboarder now faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Newsom last month ordered residents to stay at home except for essential trips such as going to the grocery store or a pharmacy.
“It is ok to go outside for exercise, a walk or fresh air,” it stated.
A surfer in Manhattan Beach last month received a $1,000 fine for refusing to leave.
Lifeguards contacted law enforcement when the man declined to obey orders to leave the beach, Sistoni said.