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Man arrested after claiming he has COVID-19 then spitting, breathing on officers in McHenry

Jonathon T. Larson, 21, of McHenry.

A McHenry man was arrested after he claimed he had COVID-19 and then allegedly spit and breathed on officers during a traffic stop.

Jonathon T. Larson, 21, of the 5700 block of Landcaster Circle in McHenry, was charged with driving under the influence, two counts of aggravated battery on a peace officer and one count of aggravated assault on an officer.

A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court alleges that Larson spit on the face of a McHenry police officer after telling him that he was ill with COVID-19.

He also breathed onto a second officer, the complaint said. The incident occurred while officers responded to a rollover crash in the 800 block of Curran Road on Monday.

The complaint also alleges that Larson bit the left forearm of a security officer at Northwestern Medicine Hospital which caused the officer’s arm to swell and also broke through the skin.

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Police say Larson was driving under the influence of alcohol. He also received numerous citations including failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving without a seat belt, operating an uninsured vehicle and improper traffic lane usage.

Larson remains held in the McHenry County jail on a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on December 9.


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