Man spits on firefighter, threatens police

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Monday:

A 25-year-old Mesa man was arrested April 9 on the 2200 block of West Peoria Avenue in Phoenix on suspicion of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct, according to a police report.

On Feb. 18, two people at an apartment complex on West Third and South McKemy streets called police, because the man cursed and yelled at them for not giving him a cigarette, police reported.

The two people went back inside of their apartment, because they were afraid of the man’s behavior, according to the report.

When police arrived, officers found the man in a nearby alleyway and detained him, police reported.

The man yelled obscenities at the officers and threatened to “f-ck” one of the officers up if the handcuffs were removed, according to the report.

Police noticed that the man was foaming at the mouth and smelled alcohol on his breath, police reported.

The man refused to stay in a seated position and instead flopped to the ground and rubbed his face on the dirt and gravel, according to the report.

The Tempe Fire Department arrived to medically evaluate the man’s condition and while being treated, the man threatened to “kick” the firefighter’s “ass,” police reported.

The man spit on the front of the firefighter’s uniform and arm when the firefighter attempted to verbally calm him down, according to the report.

After the man submitted to a portable breath test, which revealed a blood alcohol content of .30, he was transported to Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital for further treatment, police reported.

Officers requested that the hospital emergency staff notify police when the man was to be released, but they didn’t inform them, according to the report.

Police later found and arrested the man on April 9 in Phoenix on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct, police reported.

During a post-Miranda interview, the man told police he didn’t remember anything from that night but said he did drink alcohol the night before and during the day of the incident, according to the report.

The man said he didn’t eat at all during that period of time and only remembers waking up in the hospital, police reported.

A 24-year-old man was arrested April 8 on the 1700 block of South Hardy Drive on suspicion of dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia possession, according to a police report.

While investigating a collision incident, officers found a plastic container with spice in his car, according to the report.

Police also found two glass smoking pipes and one foil smoking pipe with black residue in them, police reported.

The man told police he purchased the Spice a few weeks before and said the burn residue was Spice, according to the report.

The man was transported to Tempe City Jail for booking and then later released, police reported.

Reports compiled by Shawn Raymundo.

Reach the reporter at or follow him @ShawnFVRaymundo

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