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Man gets prison time for spitting on officer

A Frazee man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison -- in part for spitting on a police officer.

Devin Wayne Jourdain, 22, of Town Lake Trailer Court, Lot 13, Frazee was charged in Becker County District Court with felony fourth-degree assault on a peace officer -- transfer of bodily fluids, felony fifth-degree assault and felony domestic assault. The last two charges were dismissed in a plea agreement.

According to court records, at 5 a.m. Feb. 12 police officers responded to a report of a domestic assault at his residence, where he had allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

Asked where he could be found, her reply seemed evasive, so officers searched the house and found him hiding under a bed where two young children were sleeping.

He became belligerent after being arrested, and -- in spite of warnings to stop -- continued to pound his head against the hard plastic screen in the arresting officer's squad car on the way to jail.

The officer summoned help at the jail prior to opening the car door, and when he did open the door Jourdain spit full in his face and left eye (resulting in the fourth-degree assault charge). He continued to be combative and was placed in a restraining chair at the jail, where he told officers he had used alcohol and a variety of pills that night.

On Thursday, District Judge Joe Evans sentenced him to 13 months in prison, with credit for jail time served since Feb. 12. He was fined $50 plus court fees, to be taken from prison earnings. The sentence was executed at the demand of the defendant and will be served concurrently with a St. Louis County charge.

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