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Spit guard needed to protect against expectorating teen

River Falls police had their hands full with an 18-year-old male who returned drunk to his parents' house at 1 a.m. Sunday and allegedly began shoving his girlfriend and fighting with his dad. When officers arrived they found the mom and dad had pinned the young man to the floor.

After escorting him outside, the 18-year-old resisted getting inside a squad car. He allegedly spat mucus and blood at the face of one officer. The blood resulted from the earlier fighting with his dad.

Eventually a spit hood was placed over the young man's face. He then banged his head against the squad car's back window and cage bars, and managed to slip out of the spit hood and allegedly keep spitting at the head of the officer who was driving him to jail.

Despite the turmoil, the man was delivered to his Pierce County jailers. Charges are pending.

The incident took place in the 1300 block of Sixth Street. As protocol requires, the spit-upon officer went to the hospital to be tested for Hepatitis B, C and for HIV. He also had his face and hands cleaned with "biohazard wipes."

Also in the last week, police:

  • Responded to the 400 block of South Wasson lane at 1:50 a.m. Saturday where a 33-year-old local man claimed his girlfriend had belted him in the mouth and knocked out a tooth. Officers found the girlfriend appeared to be the one who took a beating. She had a swollen eye that was turning black and blue. There was drinking involved, the girlfriend couldn't remember much, but she said her boyfriend did hit her in the head with a closed fist. The man had scratches to his neck but no other marks. Looking inside his mouth at several chipped teeth, an officer said it seemed like tooth decay was the problem and the cause of the man losing a tooth. The man was taken to county jail in Ellsworth.
  • Arrested a 21-year-old local woman for driving with open intoxicants in the 300 block of East Cascade Avenue late Saturday night. From the glovebox, the woman gave the officer her vehicle title registration. The officer said the paperwork was wet and smelled of booze. The woman said no, the odor was caused by spilled brake fluid. Checking out the glovebox, however, allegedly revealed an open bottle of Sparks malted alcoholic beverage. The woman's two passengers were soon tested and cited for underage drinking.
  • Cited a 30-year-old local man for disorderly conduct that apparently resulted from road rage while coming into River Falls on Hwy. 35 late Saturday afternoon. The man was angry at a female driver for switching into the passing lane in front of him. She claimed he tailed her the rest of the way, even maneuvering in front of her and braking hard. When they both took the Main Street exit and came to a stop at a red light at Paulson Road, he allegedly got out of his vehicle, came up to hers, rapped hard on her window and yelled, "What are you doing, you crazy bitch?" After driving off the woman called 911. The man wasn't found and questioned until the next day, when he was also given a $177 fine.

    For more, please read Police Beat in the Feb. 17 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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