Fourth man jailed for coronavirus-related assault on an officer
Drunk man, 26, is jailed for 12 weeks for breathing heavily in face of arresting police officer and claiming he had coronavirus
- A man was jailed for saying he had coronavirus and breathing in an officer’s face
- Russell Fletcher, 26, from Doncaster was arrested in Thorne on Sunday April 5
- People reported him for being drunk and causing a disturbance after midnight
- He is the fourth person to be jailed for a coronavirus-related assault on an officer
A man has been jailed for 12 weeks and fined £250 for telling a police officer he had coronavirus and then breathing in the officer’s face.
People reported Russell Fletcher, 26, from Doncaster, for being drunk and causing a disturbance on Oldfield Road in Thorne on after midnight on Sunday April 5.
When Russell was being transported to custody he told the officer he had coronavirus and then ‘breathed heavily’ in the officer’s face.
Russel was charged on Monday April 6 at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court with common assault of an emergency worker, attempted criminal damage to property and being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
Russell Fletcher was jailed for saying he had coronavirus and then ‘breathing heavily’ in a police officer’s face after he was arrested in Thorne for being drunk and causing a disturbance after midnight
Doncaster’s Chief Inspector, Sharon Hancock, said: ‘Over the last weeks our officers have made incredible personal sacrifices to ensure they can continue to protect the public they serve.’
Russel is the forth person to be arrested and jailed for a coronavirus-related assault on a police officer.
Hancock said the majority of the public have been supportive and that the police force really appreciate it.
‘My message to those who think that they can use this current crisis to intimidate my officers is this – your behaviour will not be tolerated and you will feel the full force of the law,’ said Hancock.
Russell was sentenced to 12 weeks and fined £250 at Doncaster Court (pictured) common assault of an emergency worker, attempted criminal damage to property and being drunk and disorderly in a public place
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