Massachusetts men arrested in R.I. for violating quarantine order

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Three Massachusetts men are facing misdemeanor charges for violating Rhode Island’s quarantine order by playing a round of golf, according to Richmond Police.

According to Chief Elwood Johnson, three men parked two cars with Massachusetts license plates at a McDonald’s on Kingstown Road.

McDonald’s employees observed the men exit the cars and transfer golf bags to a vehicle with a Rhode Island license plate.

The men left the two cars at the McDonald’s parking lot and then drove a mile and a half down the road, according to police.

“[It] is uncommon for people to leave their vehicles parked there,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the men drove to Meadowbrook Golf Course, which is only open to Rhode Island residents.

While the men were golfing, employees at McDonald’s called police to report the suspicious activity.

“Kudos to McDonald’s for picking up the phone and alerting us to this,” said Johnson.

Hours later, police observed the men return to the parking lot and return the golf equipment to the Massachusetts-registered vehicle.

An investigation later revealed the three men, assisted by a Narragansett resident, had played a round of golf at the nearby Meadowbrook Golf Course.

Police have now charged 51-year-old Gregory Corbett of Attleboro, and two 22-year-old men from East Taunton, Tyler Pietrzyk and Nye Cameron, with violating Governor Gina Raimondo’s executive order for non-residents to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days.

“It was clear in this instance they were aware of it and they were trying to hide the fact they were from another state,” said Johnson.

The men were released with a summons to appear in district court May 14. If convicted, they could face a fine up to $500 or up to 90 days in jail.

Since Massachusetts ordered its golf courses closed, Richmond Police stated that they received numerous calls alerting them to the presence of out-of-town golfers.

Police said Meadowbrook had a sign posted that it was open to Rhode Island residents only, and since yesterday’s incident, will begin checking golfer’s identification.

©WLNE-TV/ABC 6 2020



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