Monday, August 23, 2010

Missouri man accused of spitting blood on cop before announcing he has HIV

Posted by on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Michael Sartin parties at creeks, has HIV.
  • Michael Sartin parties at creeks, has HIV.

When you're breaking up a party at a creek, you're bound to meet some characters. But a police officer from southern Missouri recently found himself a little too intimate with the weirdness after arresting a man for an outstanding warrant.

After helping sheriff's deputies respond to a creek party, officer Josh Burris detained 57-year-old Michael Sartin and was transporting him to the Mansfield police station when Sartin tried to slip out of his cuffs, reports KY3. When Burris adjusted the handcuffs, Sartin spit in the officer's face -- and then said something that freaked the officer out.

"Now you'll know what it's like to have HIV like me, to live like you know you're going to die," he allegedly said to the officer.

Sartin is being charged for assaulting a police officer and reckless exposure to HIV. He's facing up to 15 years in prison, although even with blood mixed into his saliva, the officer couldn't possibly have been exposed to HIV.

"This guy biting his tongue to spit in an officer's face, it's the same as if he would have had a loaded gun to the officer's head, in my opinion," Webster County Prosecutor Danette Padgett said.

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