Man charged with DUI No. 9, spitting on officer

2014-08-08T18:00:00Z 2014-08-11T06:48:10Z Man charged with DUI No. 9, spitting on officerBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man accused of trying to drunkenly flee from police Thursday on a motorcycle is facing charges of DUI and assault with a bodily fluid.

Dwayne Bruce Haller, 54, appeared Friday on the charges in Yellowstone County Justice Court.

Police arrested him Thursday afternoon after an officer confronted him behind the Hub, 515 N. 27th Street, charging documents say.

An officer driving through an alley behind the social services drop-in center saw Haller drinking alcohol, records say.

The officer reported that as he got out of his patrol car, Haller set his beverage down and got onto a small motorcycle, which fell over.

The officer approached Haller, who reportedly smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated. When the officer told Haller he would be cited for having an open container, Haller got back on the motorcycle, started its engine and began driving away, court records say.

After Haller ignored orders to stop, the officer ran after him and knocked him off the motorcycle, charging documents say. With the help of a citizen, the officer put Haller in handcuffs.

Haller was taken to the county jail, where he became increasingly combative, charging documents say, and was fitted with a spit mask after twice spitting on an officer.

“I wish I could rape your daughter,” Haller is quoted as telling an officer in charging documents.

As he continued to struggle, he said he wished he had “wasted” one of the officers when he “had the chance” records say.

Investigators determined Haller has at least eight DUI convictions in several states, charging documents say.

Judge David A. Carter set Haller’s bond at $50,000 and ordered him to appear for arraignment in District Court on Aug. 19.

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