Texas woman said she had COVID-19, then spat on an officer as he tried to arrest her: report

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Source: MEGA; Midland police

Aug. 9 2021, Published 2:14 p.m. ET

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A woman who claimed to have COVID-19 is accused of spitting on a police officer who was executing a search warrant at her Texas home.

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Shortly before 10 p.m. Aug. 3, authorities with the Midland Police Department served Georgee Marie Lara, 21, with a warrant and attempted to detain her before searching her apartment.

Lara allegedly told the officers she was ill with COVD-19 and spat in one officer’s face, Austin’s KXAN-TV reported, citing a police affidavit.

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Officers put Lara into handcuffs and she began resisting arrest, cursing and stiffening her body, the affidavit states.

Lara tried to push past an arresting officer and then was put face down on the ground, while the officer waited for backup, according to the report. The suspect also cursed at police and make it difficult for police to search her body.

The report did not specify if Lara's COVID-19 claims were true or if the officer has now contracted coronavirus.

Lara was booked into the Midland County Jail and faces harassment of a public servant, resisting arrest and possession charges. She was being held on a $13,000 bond.

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