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Another Maui resident violates emergency rules

Haiku resident gets jail for violation along with drinking and driving

WAILUKU — A Haiku man was sentenced to a two-day jail term Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to violating public health emergency rules and drunken driving.

Gerard Gaidosch, 56, was arrested Tuesday afternoon when police were called to investigate an assault involving multiple people near McDonald’s on Kehalani Village Drive in Wailuku, according to an affidavit filed in court to support the charges. A woman reported she had been assaulted by Gaidosch, who was driving away when a DUI Task Force officer stopped him, police said.

He admitted drinking two beers, and a preliminary breath test measured his blood alcohol level at 0.155, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to the affidavit.

Gaidosch pleaded guilty to DUI and violating public health emergency rules, which require people to not be in public areas except for essential activities or essential business. In addition to being sentenced to the jail term, Gaidosch was ordered to pay a $250 fine and $437 in fees.

He is the third person to be sentenced on Maui for violating public health emergency rules, after two men were sentenced Monday to three- and five-day jail terms for violations in South Maui.

As of Wednesday, police had made seven arrests and issued 192 citations since March 28 for such violations, many at beaches, where activities including swimming, snorkeling, fishing and paddleboarding are allowed. Sedentary activities, such as reading, sunbathing, sleeping and sunset watching, are prohibited at beaches under the emergency rules imposed to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The citations issued Tuesday and Wednesday included 17 in the Wailuku district, 15 in the Lahaina district, eight in the Kihei district and five on Molokai, according to police. No citations were issued on Lanai and in Hana.

Violating a public health emergency rule is a misdemeanor offense carrying a penalty of up to one year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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