Police charge woman after assaulting and spitting at officer at Lake Macquarie

A woman has been charged after spitting at a police officer following a vehicle stop in Lake Macquarie yesterday.

About 7.40am (Tuesday 21 April 2020), an officer attached to Lake Macquarie Highway Patrol stopped a Subaru Forester on Anzac Parade, Teralba, for the purpose of a random breath test.

Police spoke to the driver, a 30-year-old man, who initially refused to undergo both a drug and alcohol test.

The passenger, a 20-year-old woman, exited the vehicle and became verbally abusive. After being warned to maintain social distance, the woman is alleged to have struck the officer in the chest before she spat at him.

Further police attended to assist, and the driver was subjected to roadside drug test, returning a positive detection for cannabis.

He was arrested and taken to Toronto Police Station for a secondary test which also returned a positive result, the sample has been sent for analysis.

This morning (Wednesday 22 April 2020), the woman was issued a court attendance notice for two counts of assault officer in execution of duty, and one count each of resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty, behave in offensive manner in/near public place/school, and intimidate police officer in execution of duty.

She is due to appear at Toronto Local Court on Tuesday 4 August 2020.

A one-year-old child was also in the vehicle at the time and a child-at-risk notification has been submitted to the Department of Family and Community Services.

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