Florida doctor charged with spitting blood on arresting officer

By Muriel Kane
Sunday, May 27, 2012 17:48 EDT
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Is it something in the water? Earlier today, there was the story about Miami police shooting a naked man who was biting off another man’s face. Now, there’s the doctor who was pulled over for drunk driving and deliberately smashed his face bloody, then spit blood into a state trooper’s eyes.

The incident began when anesthesiologist Zachard Bird was pulled over at about 1:30 AM for speeding and almost hitting a Florida Highway Patrol car. According to the Sun-Sentinel, “Bird had alcohol on his breath, his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet, a trooper wrote. He refused to provide a blood sample.” Bird was arrested after failing a sobriety test and found to have $40,000 in his pockets and another $14,000 and two guns in his car.

At that point, Bird apparently went beserk. He accused the state troopers of stealing his money and repeatedly banged his head against a partition in the police car until blood ran down his face, while yelling, “Hey! Blood, blood, blood, blood all over! Take me to the hospital!”

He then kicked open the back door of the car, got out. and spit blood into the face and eyes of one trooper.

“We expect that from some people we arrest,” a Highway Patrol spokesperson told ABC News, “but a doctor knows how serious it is to contaminate someone with bodily fluid. That’s the most unnerving part.”

This video is from the New York Daily News, May 27, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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