In New Jersey, police say a 52-year-old man is facing a number of charges after threatening to infect officers with the coronavirus (which can lead to the COVID-19 syndrome) after being arrested for DUI. Police say they were called to the scene after calls of a DUI with an accident involving a vehicle into a house.
When officers arrived, they say the driver, Dennis Steward attempted to walk away from the scene. Police contacted him and determined he needed medical attention from the accident.
As Steward was being transported to a nearby hospital, officials say Steward became aggressive and told medical staff he had COVID-19 and intended to “infect everyone with the virus.”
Once inside the hospital, Steward allegedly began spitting in the direction of officers and hospital staff. An officer was eventually spat on by Steward.
Steward was then sedated and evaluated before being released back in to police custody.
He now faces a number of charges, including DUI and terroristic threats (which in California would be Penal Code section 422).
As the man threatens to infect officers with Coronavirus, Steward is awaiting arraignment at the Mercer County Correctional Facility in New Jersey.