On September 14, 2023, at approximately 12:45 am, Portage la Prairie RCMP responded to a dispute on 18th Street Northwest in Portage la Prairie. When officers arrived on scene, a female fled out of the residence. It was determined the female was breaching conditions. An officer chased the female on foot and arrested her nearby.
The 33-year-old female from Long Plain First Nation was placed in the back of the police vehicle. At this time, the female became very aggressive. She threatened to spit on the officers and indicated she had a communicable disease. She then proceeded to spit in the back of the police vehicle towards officers.
The female is charged with Uttering Threat to Cause Bodily Harm x2 and Failure to Comply x2. She was remanded in custody.
"Our officers face dangerous situations every day while doing their job," said Inspector Paul Peddle, Officer in Charge of Portage la Prairie RCMP. "One might not immediately think of spitting as a danger faced by officers, but it is, as they often have to come into very close contact with suspects and the health of officers can be very much at risk. In this case, the suspect clearly stated she had a communicable disease and proceeded to spit at the officers. The charge associated with her actions reflects that we take this type of threat to officer safety very seriously."