Man charged with public intoxication, urinating on a police officer

Kate Pixley, News Reporter

Authorities have accused a Muscatine man of driving under the influence and intentionally micturating on a police officer.

Daniel Byrd, 35, was charged Nov. 28 with eluding police, second-offense possession of marijuana, driving while barred, second-offense OWI, reckless driving, assault by an inmate with bodily fluids or secretions, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the arrest affidavit, officers noticed Byrd’s car parked in the lot of a Hills Bank. Byrd rapidly reversed the vehicle before spinning out of control. Officers attempted to pull him over, but he ignored their lights and sirens. Byrd then ignored a stop sign before crashing into a ditch. Officers noted that Byrd smelled of alcohol and failed a breath test. Upon initiating a search of the vehicle, officers found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. During the arrest, Byrd intentionally urinated on the leg of a police officer.

Assault by an inmate with bodily fluids or secretions is a Class-D felony.

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