A Joliet woman spat on a police officer after she was arrested and then attempted to spit on paramedics while she was taken to the hospital after she said she ingested drugs, police said.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, officers stopped a vehicle near Morgan and Illinois streets for a traffic violation, according to a Joliet police news release.
Officers saw open containers of alcohol in plain view while they were speaking to the people in the vehicle, police said.
Jillette Love, 35, was one of the occupants of the vehicle, which she left when she began to walk away from the traffic stop, police said.
“Love was ordered to stop by officers at which time she became belligerent and urged officers to place her under arrest,” police said.
Love was placed in custody after a brief struggle, police said.
“While in the back of a squad car, she expelled saliva onto an officer in the front seat,” police said.
Love was taken to the Joliet Police Department, where she told the officers she had “ingested illegal drugs prior to contact with them.”
The Joliet Fire Department was notified and Love was taken by ambulance to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, police said.
“Love attempted to expectorate on Joliet Fire Department personnel while in the ambulance,” police said.
Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English said Love claimed she swallowed heroin but when she was at the hospital, she claimed it was PCP. He said he was unsure if she swallowed anything at all.
Love was jailed after her hospital stay. She's charged with aggravated battery and resisting an officer.
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