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Suspected drink driver allegedly coughed over officers after saying he had Covid-19 symptoms

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He was initially  arrested on suspicion of a number of driving-related offences

He was initially arrested on suspicion of a number of driving-related offences

He was initially arrested on suspicion of a number of driving-related offences

A suspected drink driver in Northern Ireland has been accused of coughing over police officers after saying he had symptoms of Covid-19.

Police had arrested the 33-year-old while investigating a road traffic collision in Derry on Thursday, March 26.

A PSNI spokesman said: “The collision, at the Creggan Heights roundabout, was reported to police just after 6.45pm. Police attended the scene to find three damaged cars, with one female passenger having to be taken to hospital for treatment to injuries.

“The male was arrested on suspicion of a number of driving-related offences, including driving with excess alcohol in breath and causing grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly when unfit," he said.

“While en route to custody, he was further arrested for assault on police.

“He then intentionally coughed in the direction of two constables who were travelling in the same vehicle, having previously stated he was experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. He was subsequently further arrested on two counts of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent," he said.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who may have captured dash cam footage, is asked to call 101 quoting reference number 1322 of 26/03/20.

Belfast Telegraph