20 Apr 2020

Man sentenced to prison for spitting at cop

8:38 pm on 20 April 2020

A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for spitting at a police officer in Rotorua.

A police officer outside a cordon in South Auckland.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The man spat at the officer after refusing to comply with instructions during a routine traffic stop in Fenton Street a week ago.

He was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer.

Police said spitting at officers would not be tolerated, especially due to the increased risk associated with Covid-19.

In this case, the saliva did not make contact and the officer did not have to self-isolate.

Earlier today an Auckland man was charged with attempting to infect three police officers with Covid-19 by spitting on them.

The man claimed to have Covid-19 when being arrested last month by officers who were then put into isolation while two police cars involved were decontaminated.