A man arrested for public intoxication has been charged with a felony after being accused of spitting twice in a police officer’s face early Sunday, police said.
Jack Harrington, 22, of New York, was arrested about 3:20 a.m. on a felony charge of harassment of a public servant.
Galveston police had arrested Harrington earlier on The Strand for public intoxication and had taken him to a mobile detention facility, police said.
While police were transporting Harrington to the Galveston County Jail, he spat twice in an officer’s face, police allege.
In Texas, a person can be charged with a felony offense if they intentionally cause a public servant to come in contact with bodily fluid or excrement, according to the state penal code, which sets the offense at a third-degree felony.
Harrington’s bond was set at $10,000.
— Valerie Wells