A drunk mother has been jailed for five months after she called police to reports of domestic abuse then spat blood at the officers who came to her aid.
Carly Lane, 31, spat at PCs Chloe Norris and Sabrina Manzella at her home in Rugby, Warwickshire. They were called to Lane’s house at 7.20pm on April 17 saying she had been attacked by her ex-partner who had moved in during lockdown.
She had a deep wound to her forehead and was told she would need to go to hospital. The officers administered basic first aid while talking to her about who would care for her two young children while she was taken to hospital.
Lane then went into the living room where the children were and slammed the door behind her, catching her finger. Prosecutor Tariq Shakoor sad she wrongly thought the police officers were responsible and accused them of laughing at her.
She then stormed upstairs, shouting abuse and telling the police to ‘get out of my f**king house’.
Lane tried to push PC Norris down the stairs before punching her in the forehead and hitting PC Manzella’s cheek.
Mr Shakoor said: ‘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 f**king 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 f***ing corona.” and officer Norris can taste blood in her mouth.’
Both police officers suffered minor injuries and Lane’s lawyer David Everett said: ‘On the day of the offences she had a bad day which led to her buying some vodka, and she began to drink.’
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: ‘On the front line of the fight against that virus are the emergency services interacting with the public. They deserve, and will have, the timely protection of these courts.
‘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.
‘I would have said this type of offence is not prevalent, but I am now dealing with my 10th or 11th accused who has spat at police officers since March. This type of conduct is wholly unacceptable.’
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