GENEVA – A Wisconsin man was charged with felony aggravated battery of a police officer after he allegedly spit a mouthful of chewing tobacco in the officer’s face, according to police reports.
Israel E. Zegiel, 37, of the 200 block of Main Street, Gays Mills, Wis., also was charged Oct 18 with theft and public intoxication, reports stated.
Police were first called to Third Street Station Bar and Grill, 300 Crescent Place, shortly before 11 p.m. regarding a customer who left without paying a $95 bar tab, and who allegedly knocked another customer off his bar stool, reports stated.
When police arrived, the customer had left, but police looked for Zegiel regarding the bar tab, reports stated. They found Zegiel, who refused to answer questions, the report stated.
When they arrested him and attempted to put him in the back seat, Zegiel spit chewing tobacco and saliva into an officer’s face, reports stated.
Zegiel remained nonverbal except for sporadic exclamations of profanities, reports stated.
According to the charging documents for theft, Zegiel did not pay for six beers, eight shots of whiskey and liquor and a double cheeseburger.
As of Nov. 2, Zegiel remained in the Kane County Jail on $45,000 bond, court records show.
The felony charge carries a penalty of three to seven years in prison or fines of up to $25,000.