Doctor Spits Blood In Cop’s Face After DUI Arrest

Posted: August 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

A Florida anesthesiologist is facing felony battery charges after he allegedly banged his head repeatedly against the inside of a patrol car until he bled and and then spat blood into a sergeant’s face when he was pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Dr. Zachary Bird, 41, was driving along the Central Florida Greeneway early Sunday morning when he nearly hit a state trooper’s vehicle and the trooper had to swerve into the other lane.

Bird was pulled over and failed a field sobriety test, after which he was handcuffed and arrested for driving under the influence, according to FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes. The officers found $40,000 in cash in his pocket, she said, and Capt. John Lynch and trooper Mark Casselbury put Bird in the back of the patrol car.

That was when Bird, who had already been verbally resistant to arrest, became extremely agitated and enraged, Montes said. The video from the back of the patrol vehicle shows Bird’s face covered in blood as he continuously bangs his head against the plexiglass partition in the back of the car.

Montes said he repeatedly yelled that the troopers were stealing his money, and began kicking the partition. But because they hadn’t found any drugs or weapons on Bird, “his money was in his pocket the whole time,” Montes said.

The troopers eventually pulled Bird out of the back of the car because they worried he might seriously injure himself, and that’s when he spat an entire mouthful of blood in the face of Sgt. Chuck Porter, Montes said.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-doctor-spits-blood-troopers-face-dui-arrest/story?id=16436402#.T8kGcL_ZpnB

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