Washington County

Intoxicated woman coughs on Pa. officer, claims she has coronavirus, police say

HOUSTON, Pa. — A Washington County woman is facing several charges after an incident Sunday afternoon where she allegedly coughed on a Pennsylvania State Police trooper and claimed she had the coronavirus.

An off-duty police officer encountered Jessica Harvey, 37, of Houston, while she was walking on Pike Street.

She was “disheveled and bleeding,” and also appeared to be intoxicated, according to a police report. When troopers came to check out the call from the off-duty officer, they learned there were multiple warrants out for Harvey’s arrest.

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As they were putting her into the back of the patrol car, she coughed in the trooper’s face and said: “I have the coronavirus and I hope that you have it now,” according to the police report.

She continued to cough on him and claim she had it, the police report said.

She was taken to the Washington County Jail and is charged with terroristic threats, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

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