Man Passes Gas, Charged with Battery on Officer

Posted: 10:11 PM Sep 23, 2008
Last Updated: 11:43 AM Sep 24, 2008
Reporter: Courtney Sisk

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As if getting a DUI wasnít enough, a man arrested for driving under the influence got in a lot more trouble at the police station.

Police stopped Jose Cruz on Route 60 in South Charleston Monday night for driving with his headlights off.

Then, he failed sobriety tests and was arrested.

When police were trying to get fingerprints, police say Cruz moved closer to the officer and passed gas on him. The investigating officer remarked in the criminal complaint that the odor was very strong.

Cruz is now charged with battery on a police officer, as well as DUI and obstruction.