A man’s been jailed after coughing on two police officers and biting another following his drunk and disorderly arrest in a Wiltshire town over the weekend.
Police were called to reports of a disorder in Chippenham on Saturday afternoon, where 30-year-old Byronn Plumb was arrested after being verbally abusive and aggressive towards to the responding officers.
During his arrest, homeless Plumb coughed in the face of one officer, and claimed to have coronavirus.
In transit to police custody, he was aggressive towards officers and caused some damage to the van. As the team tried to apply leg staps to stop him kicking out, he bit another officer on the foot. Plumb removed his spit good by banging his head again the door, and then spat on the floor repeatedly.
In custody, police made the decision to take him to hospital for treatment to self-inflicted wounds sustained during the arrest. But he was soon further arrested for a public order offence following his actions on a hospital ward.
Appearing in court today, Plumb pleaded guilty to all charges: three counts of assaulting officers, criminal damage to a police van, being drunk and disorderly in a public place and a Section 5 Pubic Order offence. He was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment.
PC James Rossiter said:
“Plumb’s behaviour from arrest through to charge was absolutely unacceptable. He continuously acted in an abusive and aggressive manner, and his behaviour was so disgraceful in the hospital that he was refused treatment by one nurse who was concerned for her own personal safety – he then had to be moved away from other patients who required treatment.
“We are all well aware now more so than ever, of the inspirational work being carried out by all NHS staff in our hospitals, and the behaviour shown by Plumb within the hospital ward was disrespectful and should never be tolerated.
“I am pleased that we were able to remand him and that the court saw fit to impose a custodial sentence.”
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard added:
“Yet again I am completely disgusted to hear of such abhorrent behaviour.
“Officers and NHS staff are human beings too and they all have their own anxieties about coming to work on the frontline during a global health pandemic. The actions of this man have only added to their concerns at a time when they are doing their very best to keep us all safe.”
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