NJ woman allegedly coughs on cops on purpose, tells them she has COVID-19

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 15:35:55-04

HANOVER, NJ — A New Jersey woman allegedly purposely coughed on police officers and then told them she had coronavirus, police in Hanover said Tuesday.

Lea Piazza, 28, was arrested Thursday on DWI, reckless driving and careless driving charges, officials said. She allegedly coughed on the officers on purpose as they processed her. They asked her to cover her mouth and stop coughing on them.

"Oh, by the way, I have the coronavirus and so do you now," she allegedly said, according to police

Piazza allegedly said her boyfriend from New York also had coronavirus, but would not share any additional information.

Three officers who were exposed to Piazza have self-quarantined.

An investigation determined that everything she said was false.

Piazza was later charged with causing a false public alarm.