HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township Police arrested a New York man Sunday after he allegedly drove a car into a home then intentionally spit at police officers and hospital staff claiming to be infected with COVID-19, coronavirus.
According to reports, officers arrived on the scene of a motor vehicle accident on the 1200 block of South Olden Avenue, and they located the suspect, identified as Dennis Steward, 52, of New York, attempting to walk away from the scene. Stewart was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.
While police officers were driving Steward to a nearby hospital for evaluation, he allegedly began acting aggressive and told emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and officers that he had the coronavirus and that he intended to infect everyone with the virus.
At the hospital, Steward, is said to have intentionally spit in the direction of hospital staff and police officers -- one of whom was spit on. Steward was then sedated and evaluated by hospital staff before being released into the custody of Hamilton Police.
In addition to driving while intoxicated, Steward has been charged with terroristic threats as well as throwing bodily fluid at law enforcement officers. He is awaiting arraignment.
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