A woman has been jailed for five months after she spat blood at two police officers and shouted, “there’s your corona”.
Carly Lane, 31, from Rugby, Warwickshire, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court on Friday to two charges of assaulting an emergency worker.
The mother-of-two was being treated for a head wound when she launched the attack on the two female police officers, punching both of them.
She had called 999 to report a domestic disturbance at her home in April.
While being treated for a head wound, Lane spat blood at both officers, hitting one of them in the mouth.
The court heard she had been drinking vodka before the attack. After spitting at the officers, she shouted: “There’s your ******* corona!”
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: “At this time, this country faces an unprecedented threat from COVID-19.
“On the front line of the fight against that virus are the emergency services interacting with the public.
“At times when so many of them are putting themselves in harm’s way to protect others, those who abuse that can expect swift and condign punishment.
“You had called those officers for help, and they were acting in the best interest of you and your children.
“This type of conduct is wholly unacceptable.”
Lane called police at 7.20pm on 17 April saying she had been attacked by her former partner, the court heard.
When PCs Chloe Norris and Sabrina Manzella arrived they found that Lane, whose two children aged five and nine were also in the house, had a deep wound to her forehead.
Prosecutor Tariq Shakoor said: “She is shouting abuse and being aggressive, telling the officers to ‘get the **** off me,’ and she then becomes violent and punches Officer Norris to the forehead and the other officer to her right cheek.
“The officers proceed to arrest her. She continues to be abusive and aggressive and is taken to the floor.
“The defendant then shouts at the officers ‘I swear, watch what I ****ing do,’ and turns her head and spits saliva and blood towards the officers.
“Officer Manzella is hit in the face as the defendant says ‘There’s your ****ing corona,’ and officer Norris can taste blood in her mouth.”
The court heard PC Norris suffered a small cut to her forehead and grazes to her face, while PC Manzella had bruising and swelling to her chin.
David Everett, defending Lane, said: “On the day of the offences she had a bad day which led to her buying some vodka, and she began to drink.”
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