Man spits and coughs on deputy, claims to have COVID-19

Posted 5/20/20

Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton says that one of his deputies was coughed and spit on by a man claiming to have COVID-19.

Pelton says the situation began at 9:42 p.m., May 17, when deputies …

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Man spits and coughs on deputy, claims to have COVID-19

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Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton says that one of his deputies was coughed and spit on by a man claiming to have COVID-19.

Pelton says the situation began at 9:42 p.m., May 17, when deputies were called to the 3300 block of Old Highway 100 in Villa Ridge for a domestic disturbance.

A male subject called to report he had been locked out of his home by his girlfriend. Upon arrival, deputies met with the male, who was uncooperative with the deputies’ questioning.

When they spoke to the girlfriend, she told the deputies her boyfriend had shown up at her residence intoxicated. She refused to let him inside in his condition. She reported he then began kicking the door and threatening to shoot her.

Deputies again tried to obtain a statement from the male, but he remained uncooperative. The man was then placed under arrest.

While in custody, the male claimed he had COVID-19 and intentionally coughed on deputy and spit on his uniform shirt.

An application for charges stemming from the domestic disturbance and assault on the law enforcement officer was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney’s office. The man is described as a 30-year-old male from Villa Ridge. His name is being withheld pending formal charges being issued.

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