Man claims he has coronavirus, coughs, spits, flings vomit at officer following 8th suspended license arrest, police say

Tyler Abraham's mugshot

BRODHEAD, Wis. — A man claimed he had the coronavirus and coughed, spit and flung vomit at an officer while in custody following a vehicle pursuit Saturday afternoon, police said.

Brodhead police said officers attempted to stop a vehicle for squealing its tires and speeding off from a stop sign on Highway 11 around 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

While driving past a police officer, 26-year-old Tyler Abraham yelled out of his car window at the officer. Police pursued the vehicle until they eventually ended the chase when the vehicle entered the town of Spring Valley.

Brodhead police had notified Rock County law enforcement agencies about the chase and they were later notified by the Janesville Police Department that Abraham’s vehicle had been located in the 600 block of Roosevelt Avenue.

Once Abraham was taken into custody, he coughed and spit toward an officer, claiming he was infected with the coronavirus, police said.

During a medical examination, Abraham vomited on the floor of the exam room and used his foot to launch the vomit at the officer, the report said.

Abraham was cited on suspicion of several traffic violations, including eighth-offense driving with a suspended license.

Abraham is being referred to the Green County District Attorney’s Office on suspicion of resisting arrest and obstructing police, disorderly conduct, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, recklessly endangering safety, discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker and threatening to disseminate a biological agent, according to the release.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been corrected to note that the suspect is facing a driving with a suspended license citation, not a drunken driving charge.