Flying feces spur felony charge
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A 58-year-old man faces a felony battery charge after allegedly hitting a South Lake Tahoe police officer with feces Jan. 8.
Police contacted Albert Robert Silva III about 10:50 p.m. at a South Shore motel following a report of a disturbance, according to a statement from Chief Brian Uhler.
Silva was allegedly intoxicated, uncooperative and placed under arrest, according to the statement. After being handcuffed, Silva told officers he needed to use the bathroom and was told he would be able to shortly at El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe.
While walking to the police car, the man let go of his waistband, bent over slightly and began defecating, according to the statement. Police say Silva made a “fanning” motion in an attempt to hit arresting officers with the excrement. One officer was allegedly hit in the leg.
A 27-year police veteran who witnessed the incident said, “I’ve never seen anything like it. It was pretty gross,” according to the statement.
Although the statement takes a light-hearted tone, Uhler warns the incident is “quite serious because human excrement has germs, is considered a bio-hazard and could cause illness.”
The maximum penalty for battery against a police officer is three years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Silva is being represented by a public defender.
The preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 24.