Court: Man Denies Coughing On Police

April 17, 2020

A Pembroke man is out on bail after pleading not guilty to coughing on police officers.

Taahir Augustus, 26, was charged with two counts of assault as well as driving while impaired, and failing to give an officer a sample of breath when asked.

Mr Augustus was pulled over in Paget for suspicion of being impaired. The crown’s case was he refused the give a breath sample, and when arrested he allegedly coughed on both officers saying, “I have the coronavirus.”

He denied all charges.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo released him on $3,000 bail with one like surety. He is ordered to stay in his residence for the remainder of the shelter-in-place. The only exception of him being allowed to shop for groceries and go to work for his employer as an essential worker.

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