Man claiming he has COVID-19 spits at Victoria Police officer during arrest

Man claiming he has COVID-19 spits at Victoria Police officer during arrest
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A man faces recommended charges of obstructing and assaulting a peace officer during an early morning arrest on Tuesday in Victoria.

According to the Victoria Police Department, officers were called to the parking lot of a multi-unit temporary housing facility in the 3000-block of Douglas Street for a report of a man kicking the building and smashing glass bottles on the ground.

Police arrived on the scene shortly after 2 a.m., however, the suspect had already left the area. He was located shortly after in the 2800-block of Douglas Street, however, police say he fled on a bicycle.

He was once again located, this time in the 500-block of Ellice Street, however, the suspect continue to flee from police on the bicycle.

Finally, an Integrated Canine Service officer was deployed and was able to locate and arrest the suspect in the 2900-block of Jutland Road after “a foot pursuit and a struggle on the ground,” according to police.

The suspect resisted arrest, says VicPD and additional officers were required to take him into custody.

While the man was being searched by officers, he proceeded to headbutt the ICS officer — causing non-life-threatening injuries — and spat towards another officer.

While spitting at the Victoria Police officer, the man yelled that he was infected with COVID-19.

The suspect was transported to cells at VicPD where he was later released with a court date. He will face recommended charges of obstructing a peace officer and assaulting a peace officer.

This file remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to call the Victoria Police non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654.

To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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