Sault Ste. Marie police enforces curfew for teens after officers injured
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Department is cracking down on the enforcement of the city's curfew policy following a foot chase that landed two officers in the hospital on Thursday morning.
Around 3:45 a.m., Sault Ste. Marie police officers were patrolling near Ashmun, south of Easterday. Two teens noticed the officers and ran off. The officers then chased after them. Both officers ended up getting injured.
Officer Chris Stempky slid down an embankment covered with brush and hit his head on a boulder. He was flown to Marquette General Hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Officer Nate Kaczmarek suffered minor injuries to his foot when he cleared a small ledge and dropped seven feet. He returned to work Friday night.
Police arrested a 15-year-old male and 17-year-old female, Sequoia Lonetree, on a count of resisting and obstructing causing serious injury.
Due to this incident as well as others in the past few months, the police department is now increasing enforcement of its curfew. It states that no one under the age of 16 can be out between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Department released the ordinance for the curfew:
Sec. 15-1. Curfew: "a) No person under the age of 16 years shall loiter, wander, stroll or play in or upon any public street, highway, road, alley, park, public building, place of amusement or entertainment, vacant lot or other unsupervised place after the hour of 10:00 p.m. or before the hour of 6 a.m."
"Unless the minor is upon an emergency errand or legitimate business directed by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult person, having the car and custody of the minor, or unless such a minor has been in attendance at a function sponsored by a church, school, civic or fraternal organization and is returning home from such a function at an hour not later than 12:30 a.m."
"b) Any person of the sixteen years or older, including but not limited to parents and guardians, assisting, aiding, abetting, allowing, permitting, or encouraging any minor under the age of 16 years to violate the provisions of section 15-1(a) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."
The police department says that this curfew will be heavily enforced due to the recent events.