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Man Spits Blood in State Trooper's Face

Personal injuries – and potential personal injuries – can occur in a variety of bizarre circumstances. An anesthesiologist from Florida is facing felony battery of a police officer charges after he spit a mouthful of blood into a peace officer's face last month after being pulled over for DUI. State troopers were patrolling along the Central Florida Greenway early in the morning when a 41-year-old man almost hit their car – forcing the officers to swerve into another lane in order to avoid a car wreck.

After the officers pulled the man over, he failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for operating a driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. During the arrest, officers found approximately $4,000 in cash I the man's pocket. The man resisted arrest verbally, and after the officers placed him in the back of the patrol car he became enraged and began hitting his head against the Plexiglas between himself and the front of the car.

A video from the back of the patrol car shows the man's face covered in blood as he continually hits it against the car. He began yelling that the officers were stealing his money, but officers had only located the money in his pocket – they never removed it. Because they didn't find any drugs on the man's person, they left the money alone. "…his money was in his pocket the whole time," said one of the officers. Afraid that the man would hurt himself, officers pulled him out of the back of the car, after which he spat mouthful of blood into one of the officer's faces.

"We've had people fight us, punch us, even spit on us," said the officer's coworker, "We expect that from some people we arrest, but a doctor knows how serious it is to contaminate someone with bodily fluid. That's the most unnerving part." The man was eventually take to the hospital, where he refused to calm down and eventually damaged a light fixture by kicking it. Police report that he also threatened hospital staff.

The man was finally booked on allegation of DUI, criminal mischief, and felony battery of a law enforcement officer. He was released on bond. After the incident, the patrol car had to be cleaned by a hazardous materials team, which cost $300. After searching the man's car, police located another $14,000 in cash, as well as several unidentified drugs, and a bottle of Cialis, an erectile dysfunction drug. The other drugs were sent to a laboratory for examination. The car also contained two handguns and a vial of unidentified liquid.

After the arrest, the man's employer told local newspapers that he "was no longer welcome [at work]." Police were not able to figure out why the man had so much money in his car, and may press other charges if they discover any new information about the incident. Although the man had no criminal record, his actions are bizarre. Although his actions did not result in any substantial injury, the man's actions could have easily led to an accident or someone's death.

The majority of personal injury cases involve automobile accidents, and many those involve alcohol. Fortunately, police officers were able to avoid getting into a wreck with the intoxicated driver. Even after avoiding the wreck, the driving attempted to endanger the safety of officers by exposing one of them to bodily fluids. Had the man been afflicted with a communicable disease, such as HIV or hepatitis, his actions could have easily resulted in the illness or injury of the other man. Further, he threatened hospital workers and state troopers, telling them that he had more weapons stashed at home.

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