Rochester transient kicks, spits on officers during messy arrest on South Main

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John D. Hale (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - A Rochester transient wanted on an earlier disorderly conduct charge ran from, then kicked and spit on officers trying to take him into custody after they spotted him downtown walking on South Main Street on Thursday.

The officers, who were on routine patrol, stopped to take John D. Hale, 31, into custody around 5:25 p.m., but when they advised Hale he was under arrest, he refused their orders to place his hands behind his back.

When each officer then took a hold of an arm, Hale pulled away and ran a short distance before officers were able to catch up to Hale and take him into custody.

During a search of Hale during the arrest, officers discovered what they believe to be fentanyl in a baggie. Hale remained uncooperative and combative, so other officers arrived to assist in completing the arrest.

During the course of the incident Hale allegedly spit on two officers in the face and head and kicked another, resisted arrest and attempted to commit criminal mischief for kicking the door of a patrol cruiser, all misdemeanors. He was also charged with felony drug possession for having what is suspected to be heroin/fentanyl on him.

The original warrant on disorderly conduct stemmed from a March 27 incident when Hale is said to have stood in the roadway near the Commons yelling profanities at cars and other people.

Hale refused bail and is scheduled for arraignment later today.

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