Police charge man after spitting on officer, claiming to have COVID-19 virus at Nowra

A man claiming to have COVID-19 virus will appear in court today after allegedly assaulting and spitting at officer’s while being arrested on the state’s south coast yesterday.

About 8.30am (Saturday 4 April 2020), officers from South Coast Police District attended Scenic Drive, Nowra, and spoke with a man who had been seen acting erratically.

The man allegedly punched a senior constable in the face. The injured officer struggled with the man, and further police attended to assist with OC spray deployed.

During the struggle, it is alleged the man spat in the face of the injured senior constable, while claiming to have the COVID-19 virus.

The 37-year-old man was arrested and taken to Shoalhaven Hospital under police guard.

After being released, he was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with two counts of assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm, assault officer in execution of duty. and intimidate police in execution of duty.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in Nowra Local Court today (Sunday 5 April 2020).

During the arrest the senior constable sustained bruising and abrasions to his face. The senior constable who assisted in the arrest sprained her wrist.

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