A Hunlock Creek woman faces a litany of charges after she spit in the face of a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper while she was being taken into custody for driving under the influence after she crashed her vehicle.
According to police, Jennifer Moody, age 27, became physically and verbally combative and resisted arrest, following a single vehicle crash Jan. 7 on the North Rd., Bridgewater Twp.
As the responding trooper was fastening the seatbelt in the police vehicle, Moody allegedly spit in the law enforcement officer’s eyes and then stated that she has Hepatitis B and hoped the trooper contracted the disease, according to the police press report on the incident. She also told police that she is a practicing nurse at a Binghamton, N.Y., area hospital and has knowledge of how diseases are transferred.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed in Montrose District Court, Moody admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages prior to driving and also displayed signs of intoxication during a field sobriety test.
As police attempted to take Moody into custody, she actively resisted being placed into handcuffs, according to the affidavit. After the trooper secured the seatbelt and Moody spit into his face, she also kicked the officer several times. For the officer’s safety, she was placed in a spit hood, court documents read.
While being transported by police, Moody unlocked her safety belt and continued her verbal aggression on the police.
The trooper was taken to Endless Mountains Health Systems due to significant exposure.
Due to the assault ona law enforcement officer during the global pandemic, Moody was charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and weapons of mass destruction, along with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, simple assault, and obstructing the administration of law, as well as several summary charges.
A preliminary hearing scheduled to be held Monday, Jan. 11, was continued to Monday, Jan. 25 in Montrose District Court.