Empire Coffee, part of the Adventure Hotel, was the scene of an incident in November, 2020, in which Jeremy Undershute reportedly spat on an employee after yelling at staff about masks. File photo

Empire Coffee, part of the Adventure Hotel, was the scene of an incident in November, 2020, in which Jeremy Undershute reportedly spat on an employee after yelling at staff about masks. File photo

Man who allegedly spat on Nelson hotel employee in 2020 to face trial for assault

Jeremy Undershute will also be tried for two other sets of charges

A man charged with assault after allegedly spitting on a Nelson hotel employee in November 2020 has pleaded not guilty and will face trial on Feb. 1, 2023.

Jeremy Undershute reportedly yelled at staff members of Empire Coffee in Nelson about mask requirements, then spat on Rhonda Comeau when she confronted him.

Comeau was working at the Adventure Hotel next to Empire Coffee when the confrontation occurred. Within an hour of the incident she had a heart attack followed by three cardiac arrests and ended up in serious condition in hospital in Kelowna. She told the Nelson Star on July 20 that she is back at work but still recovering.

In a separate matter, Undershute will also go on trial on Dec. 14 on charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and causing a disturbance, stemming from an incident on Baker Street in the summer of 2020.

He will face a third trial on Jan. 4, 2023, on charges of resisting arrest, based on an incident in New Denver in February.

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bill.metcalfe@nelsonstar.com

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