Recent Vigo Co. citations for “violation of travel advisory” stem from more serious crimes

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Violation of local travel advisory has been popping up recently as misdemeanor charges for a few people in Vigo County.

Sheriff John Plasse says these citations stem from more serious crime.

He says it’s up to the discretion of law enforcement to cite a person with breaking the stay-at-home order. The maximum consequence of the fine is 180 days in jail or up to $1,000.

Most recently, two people were arrested for burglary and possession in which they were also cited for breaking the travel ban rule.

“If you’re walking down the street, just getting fresh air, you know we’re not going to question that, we’re not going to be suspicious of that. If you’re maybe loitering someone and it looks suspicious and you’re drawing attention to yourself then we may come out and see what you’re doing in that respect. But we’re not by any means going out and asking people what they’re doing, where they’re going if it’s just normal activities,” Plasse said.

Plasse says in fact with the stay-at-home order, his department has experienced fewer calls for crime, but that the rate of domestic cases has increased.

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