Man with HIV spits on EMTs and officers
VENICE — A man who has HIV was accused of biting and spitting on officers and EMTs, according to authorities.
X , 22, of Maryland, was charged with five counts of battery on an officer and EMT, two counts of criminal transmission of HIV, resisting officers, and disorderly intoxication.
On Saturday night, X was attempting to fight coworkers outside of a 7-Eleven gas station, according to a probable cause affidavit.
When officers arrived, he was allegedly uncooperative and had slurred speech.
X had an abrasion to his face and was put into an ambulance to be taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice.
He told EMS that he had HIV and the ambulance rerouted to the main SMH hospital, an affidavit stated.
X allegedly became uncooperative and police officers entered the ambulance.
He got into a “fighting stance” and resisted officers attempting to put him in handcuffs, a report stated.
X then allegedly bit, punched, kicked and spat on officers and EMS personnel.
He is in custody with a $45,000 bond. His arraignment is Dec. 2.