Biker charged for spitting at police

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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Police arrested a man after he allegedly spit in an officer’s face after reportedly riding his bike while drunk.

Matthew Stewart Irwin, 26, address unknown, was charged April 2 with public intoxication and assault on a peace officer.

According to a complaint from University Heights police, Irwin was riding his bike on South Riverside Drive when he fell down. The report said he tried to get up but fell again.

The report said Irwin allegedly had red, watery eyes, impaired speech, and smelled strongly of alcohol when officers approached him.

Officials said Irwin refused a preliminary breath test and made several nonsensical statements, disparaging the officer.

After police arrested Irwin, the report said he became highly agitated and attempted to pull away from officers, spitting in one’s face.

The report said Irwin also refused physical efforts to detain him, and he kicked at officers once he was being pushed against the squad car.

Irwin has one prior intoxication conviction from 2009.

Second-offense public intoxication is a serious misdemeanor, generally punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,875.

— by Hayley Bruce

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