‘DANGEROUS SITUATION’: Woman charged after ‘spitting’ incident: RCMP

RCMP say officers faced a disturbing incident last week when a woman told them she had a communicable disease and then spat at them.

“Our officers face dangerous situations every day while doing their job,” RCMP Inspector Paul Peddle said in a media release on Wednesday.

“One might not immediately think of spitting as a danger faced by officers, but it is, as they often have to come into very close contact with suspects, and the health of officers can be very much at risk.”

According to RCMP, last Thursday at approximately 12:45 a.m., RCMP responded to a dispute at a home in Portage la Prairie and a woman from the Long Plain First Nation fled when officers arrived on scene.

The woman was arrested after a foot chase and police say they found the woman had breached a condition.

When the woman was placed into the back of a police vehicle, police said she became “very aggressive” and after indicating she had a communicable disease she spit at officers.

The woman faces charges of uttering threats and failure to comply and is in custody.

“The charge … reflects that we take this type of threat to officer safety very seriously,” Peddle said.

Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Sun