Police: Passenger spits on officer after traffic stop

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PERU, Ind. (WANE) A Peru, Indiana teen faces a felony charge of battery by a bodily fluid after he allegedly spit on an Indiana State Trooper while being escorted to a squad car.

The incident took place just after midnight on Sunday, when a trooper patrolling northbound U.S. 31 in Miami County saw a car coming southbound in the northbound lanes according to a press release issued Monday morning. The trooper was able to get the car stopped and when he walked up to it he could smell the strong odor of alcohol and the odor of marijuana. The driver, Brandon Orpurt, 18, of Peru was asked to get out of the car as was a passenger, Rodney Shaver, 19, also of Peru. However Shaver refused to get out. Some officers who had arrived on the scene as backup then physically had to remove Shaver from the car and as they were walking him to a squad car he became combative and spit on one of the officers. Shaver, who appeared to be high on drugs was then placed in a squad car with a prisoner cage.

Besides the felony, Shaver also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, minor consumption, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor as there were also two girls, ages 16 and 17 in the car.

Opurt had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08 and when polce searched the car they found an unlicensed handgun, marijuana, an alcoholic beverage bottle and drug paraphernalia. He faces charges for possession of a handgun without a license, operating while intoxicated-endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana, and minor consumption of alcohol.

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