Man spits in Cherry Hill cops’ faces, claims he has COVID-19

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Pennsauken man has been charged after he spit in three police officers’ faces and claimed he was infected with COVID-19.

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, Cherry Hill police were processing the arrest of 29-year-old Lance Phillips Jr., though the reason is unknown.

Authorities say he became “combative” with officers and spit in their faces. He then told them he has the coronavirus.

As a precaution, the officers were taken to the hospital. Phillips was also taken to the hospital, where he assaulted two hospital workers and a sheriff’s officer.

Phillips is charged with three counts of throwing bodily fluid at law enforcement, two counts of criminal mischief, and three counts of simple assault. Police say he also violated a COVID-19 executive order.

It is unknown if Phillips actually tested positive for COVID-19.