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Jailed Police Reservist granted $1,800 bail

After spending the weekend in jail, a police reservist accused of breaking coronavirus restrictions was granted $1,800 bail and withdrew her guilty plea when she appeared in the Magistrates Court on Monday.

On Friday, Sergeant Tess Pratt, 33, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on charges that she didn’t wear a face mask and follow physical distancing guidelines while at Toote Shop Corner at around 9:30pm on August 27.

At the same time and place, Pratt allegedly behaved in a disorderly manner and resisted arrest by WPC 4004 Taylor.

On August 24, prosecutors say Pratt behaved in a disorderly manner and assaulted PC 4060 when he tried to arrest her.

Pratt is also accused of damaging the chevrons on an officer’s uniform and obscene language.

Pratt admitted to using obscene language but denied the other offenses.

She allegedly committed all the offenses while off duty and not in uniform.

The arraignment took place after 4pm on Friday, which meant Pratt’s family did not have ample opportunity to post her bail.

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