Published in Lancaster Online on March 24, 2020
Man spits in hospital security guard’s face after yelling he’s HIV-positive following DUI arrest: police
A Coatesville man kicked out a state trooper’s back window, yelled he was HIV-positive and spit in a hospital security guard’s face after being pulled over in East Lampeter Township for driving erratically on Sunday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
T.S., 33, was pulled over on Monday at 2:26 a.m. after troopers followed his 2001 Cadillac DeVille for 6 minutes, watching him run a red light and cross the center line “several times,” police said in an affidavit of probable cause.
Police said that S. was acting agitated and his mouth appeared to be dry. When police asked him to step out of the car for a field sobriety test, he refused and had to be removed by two troopers, according to the affidavit.
The troopers had to “struggle” with S. before arresting him, police said.
In the back of the state trooper’s car, S. started yelling “in an incoherent manner” and repeatedly kicked the window and door, finally breaking the window and damaging the door, causing $1,500 in damage, police said.
Police took S. to Lancaster General Hospital for a medical evaluation and to get blood drawn, and had to be assisted by “various” hospital security guards to get S. on the gurney, police said.
S. continued yelling incoherently, said he was HIV-positive and then spit in the face of a hospital security guard, police said.
He was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault, misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, criminal mischief and resisting arrested and three summary driving offenses, according to the affidavit.
S. is in Lancaster County Prison after failing to post $75,000 bail.