December 6, 2020 2:22 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The manager of a Staten Island bar in New York was arrested for running over a police officer who followed him to his vehicle to fine him for violating COVID-19 measures. Turns out that the establishment was declared an “autonomous zone”local media reported this Sunday.
Mac’s Public House was fined $ 50,000 and forced to close this week. In addition, he lost his alcohol sales license for defying state-imposed regulations to try to control the spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
The New York sheriff’s office observed several customers entering the premises this Saturday night through an empty commercial space next door. So, he deployed multiple officers to arrest his manager, 34-year-old Daniel Presti, who was arrested last Tuesday.
When the police officers identified themselves before Presti, he escaped to his vehicle and drove against one of them, who grabbed onto the hood and was dragged injured about 90 meters, according to the local channel NBC.
Agents were eventually able to stop the manager and take him into custody pending charges. The injured officer was transferred to a hospital without his condition being yet known.
Mac’s Public House Bar is located in the town of Grant City, in the district of Staten Island, which has the highest rebound of COVID-19 in New York. It is part of an area declared “orange zone” by the governor, Andrew Cuomo. This implies the prohibition of serving inside bars and restaurants, among other things.
“We try to earn a living,” said owner of the bar closed by COVID-19
On Tuesday, authorities ordered the bar closed for rejecting anti-COVID-19 regulations. Also, for continuing to serve indoors and even for promoting, covering their windows with “autonomous zone” signs.
The next day, dozens of people gathered at its doors to protest the closure.
As he told the channel on Wednesday ABC7 its owner, Keith McAlarney, the business decided to keep opening because it can’t afford another closing. Similarly, he criticized the lack of economic aid and the policy of imposing measures for “micro-areas” to alleviate the outbreaks.
“We’re just trying to make a living and feed our families. We’ve been through every hoop, done what they said. But at some point you just can’t keep closing,” he explained.