A woman who stopped for gasoline on her way home to the Isle of Man has been jailed for violating strict coronavirus laws.
Amie Murphy, 36, couldn’t drive straight home to isolate herself from a trip to the UK when the fuel warning light came on in her car.
The Ramsey supervisor returned to the island shortly after 5 a.m. on September 18 on the Ben My Chree ferry.
A staff member helped Amie fill out a landing card and explained the self-isolation rules that she agreed to.
But she stopped at a station in Laxey for gasoline after she left the ferry terminal and her fuel warning light in her car turned on, a court heard.
Murphy told the assistant she had “just got off the boat” and he opened the forecourt early for her.
She was reported to the police after he told his manager about the events later that morning.
The judges heard Murphy was a caregiver for a man in his eighties who was traveling with her at the time.
When the police called her home, she became aggressive and verbally abused officers, the court heard.
She said she was running out of gas and told the police, “What else should I do?”
Her defense said she was in a “tired condition” and had shown a “serious loss of judgment”.
Peter Taylor, who defended himself, said she hadn’t realized her car was running out of fuel and didn’t think stopping to refuel was “an unreasonable thing”.
Murphy previously admitted violating an Emergency Ordinance order and resisted arrest and was sentenced to four weeks in prison.
When sentenced, the judges said the island was doing its “best to keep Covid-19 out” and the rules had been explained to her.
She is the fifth person to be jailed for violating the island’s strict isolation policy.
No pleas have been filed against two driving crime charges, and her next appearance at the Douglas Courthouse will be on October 15.
The Isle of Man lockdown ended on June 15 after the community broadcast ended.
There are now three people with the virus who have developed symptoms in quarantine at home.
In the Isle of Man, where pubs, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms are open as usual, people don’t have to adhere to social distancing rules.
However, people arriving by ferry or plane will need to self-isolate for 14 days to stop the virus from spreading.
A total of 24 people died after contracting the virus on the island, and 20 of those deaths were residents of a nursing home, Abbotswood in Ballasalla.
More than 12,000 tests were carried out on the island with around 84,000 inhabitants.