Daniel Ray Stubblefield, 36, was arrested in Bend, outside Portland, on March 23, on the day that the state issued a stay-at-home order with Class C misdemeanor charges for violators.
Police had been called to a home following reports of an unwanted intruder committing assault.
On arrival officers found that the Redmond resident was intoxicated and also had two warrants out for his arrest in relation to a different offence.
Daniel Ray Stubblefield, 36, pleaded guilty to spitting on Bend, Oregon, police officers in March, claiming he had the virus. He was jailed for two years at Deschutes County Court on Thursday
Stubblefield, of Redmond, Oregon,pictured on social media, is one of multiple people who attempted to ‘weaponise’ the airborne COVID-19 against front-line workers
When back-up officers arrived they placed him in a restraint device that had a spit mask.
Once in jail staff decided to transport him to St Charles Hospital but during transport the spit mask had been removed and Stubblefield intentionally blew air and coughed on the officer travelling with him.
Stubblefield pleaded guilty on Thursday at Deschutes County Circuit Court to aggravated harassment and menacing, and was sentenced to 24-months in prison, as reported in Koin.com.
Three other cases against him were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
John Hummel, Deschutes county attorney, said in a statement in March: ‘We’re not messing around. Our first responders, medical professionals, and retail clerks are on the front lines of the battle to save lives and win the war against COVID-19.’
He added: ‘If anyone in our community takes a shot at infecting, and thus potentially killing, one of our front line heroes, I will use the full authority granted to me by the people of Oregon to hold them accountable’, as reported in Bend Source.
As of Sunday coronavirus has killed 298,000 in the United States and 1.6million worldwide.
Since the arrival of the novel coronavirus, multiple individuals have been arrested attempting to weaponize potential infection against front-line workers and members of the public.
On December 5 Alton Ashby, 51, from Palm Bay, Florida, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly coughing, sneezing and spitting all over a Vero Beach Best Buy Geek Squad counter after he was denied service for refusing to wear a mask.
When questioned by police, Ashby was quoted as saying he was ‘upset and is going through a lot this year and got carried away at the store.’
He was charged with disorderly conduct.
Alton Ashby, 51, was arrested after he allegedly spat and coughed on employees of a Florida Best Buy who refused him service for not wearing a mask on December 5
Jason Copenhaver, 47, was arrested in Florida, in August for allegedly spitting in the face of a young boy who refused to remove his mask
Another man, Jason Copenhaver, 47, was arrested in Treasure Island, Florida, in August for allegedly wandering into a restaurant when intoxicated and spitting in the face of a young boy who refused to remove his mask and telling him: ‘You have corona now’, as reported by Fox.
In Saudi Arabia in March a man was warned he could face the death penalty after being arrested for spitting on trolleys and doors in a shopping centre, after testing positive for coronavirus.
The incident took place in a shopping centre in the northern Saudi Arabian province of Hail and the unnamed suspect was later arrested after being spotted by workers.
While in custody the man, identified as a foreign national although his nationality was not disclosed, tested positive for COVID-19, according to Gulf News.
A Saudi man wearing a protective mask as a precaution against COVID-19, walks past a mural of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, along Tahlia street in the centre of the capital Riyadh on March 20. A foreign national arrested for spitting in a shopping center was warned he could face the death penalty after testing positive for the virus