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Alabama woman coughs in officers face while being arrested for having a party

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An Andalusia woman is behind bars after police say she violated the stay-at-home order and then coughed in an officer’s face while mentioning COVID-19.

Police were called to Brewton Street Monday night on a report of loud music, said Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson. When they arrived, they found about 40 to 50 people at a party, as well as the odor of marijuana.

Officers made contact with 39-year-old Melanie Nicole Chambers who currently rents the Brewton Street house. She was hosting the birthday party for one of her children and got hot when officers arrived to break it up, Hudson said.

Officers obtained a search warrant and found marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the home. The Covington County Sheriff’s Office and the area’s drug task force assisted. As a result, Chambers was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of the state health officer’s current suspension of gatherings due to COVID-19. Chambers’ total bond is set at $23,500.

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