West Texan Charged With Aggravated Assault, Spat Covid-19 On Officer
A Midland, Texas woman is being charged with aggravated assault after spitting on a police officer who was executing a search warrant at her home.
Georgee Marie Lara, 21, even told officers that she had COVID-19 before she spat in one officer's face. Spitting is legally considered assault in Texas. "Simple assault" is generally considered a misdemeanor unless there are aggravating factors, like:
The alleged victim is a public servant, or the assault is in retaliation for the performance of an official duty
That is clearly the case here. However, this is even beyond a felony simple assault, as this woman was carrying a potentially deadly disease, thus the "aggravated" classification:
Aggravated assault involves more serious circumstances including the intent to seriously harm another person or the use of a weapon during a threat of harm.
Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer is a first-degree felony, and this woman could face 2-20 years and a $10,000 fine.
You may think this is much ado about nothing, but Lara didn't stop there. According to KXAN, she also tried to impede the search by stiffening up during the arrest and cussing out the officers:
Officers then tried to take Lara out of the apartment in handcuffs where she began resisting arrest, according to the affidavit. Another officer arrived on scene and saw Lara try to push passed her arresting officer. Lara was then placed face down on the ground while the officer waited for assistance from another officer. When officers tried to conduct a search before placing her in a patrol car, Lara began cursing and stiffening her body to impede the search.
Lara is currently out on $5,000 bond.
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