A man has been jailed for six months for spitting at police in Preston.
Lee Howell, 31, was arrested around 5.45pm on Wednesday (May 20) after police were called to a report of an altercation close to Jemmet Street.
Howell, also of Jemmet Street, was arrested on suspicion of assault and became aggressive, calling police ‘rats’.
As Howell was put in a police van, he spat in the face of an officer and was restrained. En route to custody Howell claimed he had COVID-19 and he hoped officers died, all of their families died and the officers never saw them again. He continued to abuse officers, chanting ‘Corona’ while in custody.
Howell was charged with assault by beating of an emergency worker and appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court today (Friday, May 22) where he pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison and ordered to pay a £128 surcharge.