HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Passaic County woman who police say was involved in a DWI crash intentionally coughed on a cop and falsely claimed to have the coronavirus.
On March 12, township officers responded to a single-car accident and during the investigation, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The driver, Lea Piazza, 28, of Wayne, was asked to perform field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested, police said.
During processing, Piazza purposely coughed on an officer. Another officer asked her to cover her mouth and refrain from coughing on the officer due to the concerns over the coronavirus, police said.
Piazza then stated “oh by the way, I have the coronavirus and so do you know”. The officer then advised his supervisor of her comments and more questions were asked in an attempt to gather more information, police said.
Piazza stated her boyfriend had it and he was from New York but she would not provide anymore information.The proper notifications were made to all necessary personnel and all three officers exposed to her were self-quarantined until advised otherwise, police said.
A thorough investigation into Piazza’s comments was conducted and all pertinent people involved were spoken to including her boyfriend. Police determined her comments were proven to be false and she would later admit this as well, police said.
Piazza was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving, reckless driving, refusal, and causing a false public alarm. She was released pending her court date.