Don’t Fart On The Police!
I know most people would see the above as stating the obvious. Well, there was a dude in West Virginia that decided to test the above warning. Check this out:
West Virginia Man Charged With Assaulting an Officer
During fingerprinting, Cruz then allegedly moved closer to one of the officers and passed gas, the station reported. In the complaint, the investigating officer wrote that police noticed a “very strong” odor.
The alleged stunt led Cruz to be charged with another offense — battery on an officer — in addition to DUI and obstruction, WSAZ reported.
This story got me to thinking: Can I do that? (Charge someone for farting on the po-po I mean) I looked up the the local statute for battery, and it says that a battery can be the intentional administration of a noxious substance. I guess it all depends on how the law defines “noxious”. I think I’ll have to put this one to the test in our court system.
I can see it now:
DA: Officer, inform the court of what happened on the night that you arrested the defendant.
JumpOut: Well, I responded to a domestic disurbance. Upon my arrival, I noticed the victim done had her ass whooped. I could tell by that big ass not on her head. She said her husband, Billy-Joe Jim-Bob Smith did it. I arrested Mr. Smith, and charged him with unlawfully whoopin his ole lady’s ass.
DA: Well, I see that you also charged him with battery on a police officer. How did that come about?
JumpOut: After I arrested Mr. Smith, I took him to the local jail for processing. While I was doing his paperwork, he walked over and farted on me. Well, I had to defend myself against this battery. I didn’t know if maybe he had been eating taco bell, so I tased him…Twice.
Heh. That would be cool.