Thursday, September 25, 2008

It's Illegal to Fart

Man charged after allegedly passing gas toward copThe Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 9:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 9:52 p.m.

A West Virginia man who police said passed gas and fanned it toward a patrolman has been charged with battery on a police officer.

Jose A. Cruz, 34, of Clarksburg, was pulled over early Tuesday for driving without headlights, police said. According to the criminal complaint, Cruz smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and failed three field sobriety tests before he was handcuffed and taken to a police station for a breathalyzer test.

As Patrolman T.E. Parsons prepared the machine, Cruz scooted his chair toward Parsons, lifted his leg and "passed gas loudly," the complaint said.

Cruz, according to complaint, then fanned the gas toward the officer.

"The gas was very odorous and created contact of an insulting or provoking nature with Patrolman Parsons," the complaint alleged.

He was also charged with driving under the influence, driving without headlights and two counts of obstruction.

Cruz acknowledged passing gas, but said he didn't move his chair toward the officer nor aim gas at the patrolman. He said he had an upset stomach at the time, but police denied his request to go to the bathroom when he first arrived at the station.

"I couldn't hold it no more," he said.

He also denied being drunk and uncooperative as the police complaint alleged. He added he was upset at being prepared for a breathalyzer test while having an asthma attack. The police statement said he later resisted being secured for a trip to a hospital that he requested for asthma treatment.

Cruz said the officers thought the gas incident was funny when it happened and laughed about it with him.

"This is ridiculous," he said. "I could be facing time."


garnett109 said...

yep i read that before and thought it was funny

sunnybethe said...

Oh that is RUDE!  Typical drunk behavoir though-"lack of good judgement".  hugs,  Bethe

lifes2odd said...

I always know I can find something very interesting and different over here! The man involved wasn't Tom was it? ;-)
Hope things have calmed down with the weather and I'm not sure what I hope for Tom - just hope whatever happens points him in the right direction.
Hugs, Martha

chat2missie said...

How's your weather so far?  Up here in PA, we've had a lot of wind this afternoon, but no rain yet.

deshelestraci said...

On a different note, how did court go?

queeniemart said...

"I couldn't hold it NO more".  GEE ,that says it all! XO