MELBOURNE, Florida – Some people have bad days, and that might be the reason one Melbourne man began using racial terms and spitting at officers during his arrest.
On Wednesday at approximately 5:10 p.m., Melbourne Police received a call about an intoxicated man causing a disturbance near the entrance to the Melbourne Square Mall.
The subject was identified as 50-year-old Eric Eugene Roth of Melbourne who caused another disturbance in the day at the Best Buy store, police said. Officers approached Roth and noticed he was passed out and unconscious.
“When we went to make contact with the male, I noticed an alcoholic beverage can next to him. This can was cold to the touch and had just under half of its contents in it,” the officer said.
Police woke Roth up and placed him under arrest for possession of an open container within city limits. He then began to yell at officers, calling one of them “ni**ger” while kicking, according to the report.
One officer was struck in the knee as Roth continued to kick. He was then transported to the Melbourne Police Department for booking.
Once there, Roth attempted to spit on one of the officers while yelling racist obscenities.
“Roth yelled ni**er and spit directly in my face with his saliva making entry to my left eye and corner of my mouth, as well as my vest,” the officer said.
Roth then yelled other racial slurs and threatening the kill the officers, while calling another one “the spik” as she is of Cuban descent.
Roth was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Committing 1st Degree Felony With Aggravated Assault, Corruption by Threat against Public Servant, and Possession of an Open Container.
As of Thursday afternoon, he was still in the Brevard County Jail.
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