PEI trucker handed $1,000 fine for breaking self-isolation to buy groceries

PEI trucker handed $1,000 fine for breaking self-isolation to buy groceries

A Prince Edward Island judge handed down a $1,000 fine along with a $50 surcharge to a trucker who broke self-isolation because he said he had no one to buy him groceries.

Philippe Ramos recently returned to PEI after an international trip and admitted to leaving his home in Stratford once to go for a walk off of his property, and twice to buy food from Walmart.

Ramos represented himself in court. According to SaltWire,

Representing himself, Ramos told the court he understood he did something wrong by going shopping but said he simply needed to get food.

As for the walk, he said there was nobody around him on his stroll.

Provincial Court Chief Judge Nancy Orr decided that the trucker was guilty of violating the Public Health Act:

“Well, the evidence in this case is quite clear, [Ramos] did not self-isolate as he was required to do.”

Nancy Orr was promoted to chief provincial judge in 2015.

Last month we reported on PEI's prediction of up to 900 deaths related to COVID-19. The province currently has 5 active cases and with a total registry of 32 cases and zero deaths since the pandemic began.