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Man spit on officer, damaged patrol vehicle

Dec 14, 2016 By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

The officer who was spit on will have to undergo a series of three blood tests over the course of six months to make sure no illnesses were contracted in the incident.

A transient man was arrested Sunday after reportedly spitting at a police officer and damaging the door of a patrol vehicle.

The incident began at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, when police responded to reports of a fight in the 200 block of East Main Street. Officers at the scene said they made contact with Cody Blackburn, 38, and another suspect, both of whom had warrants out for their arrest.

Blackburn attempted to flee, according to reports, but he was apprehended by an officer. He continued to resist, officials said, by spitting in the face of the officer and hitting him.

Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy said the officer who was spit on was not injured but will have to undergo a series of three blood tests over the course of six months to make sure no illnesses were contracted in the incident.

"The reason it's such a big deal," Murphy explained, "(is) for the next six months, he will not know if he's been infected.

"You try to go home and don't know if you can play with your kids."

Reports state Blackburn attempted to escape a second time while he was being transported to jail in Lander. Officials said he was in the back seat of a police vehicle on Lyons Valley Road when he managed to get out of his seat belt and kick the door out about three inches, shattering the entire window.

Murphy said the damage amounted to about $3,000.

Blackburn was charged with probation revocation, interference, simple assault - for spitting on the officer - two counts of property destruction - for damaging the door of a police vehicle - and on the warrant for failure to appear in court.

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Officials said Cody Blackburn tried to escape from this patrol vehicle Sunday while he was being transported to jail in Lander. He reportedly got out of his seat belt and kicked the door out about three inches, shattering the window. Photo by Andrea Novotny

Officials said Cody Blackburn tried to escape from this patrol vehicle Sunday while he was being transported to jail in Lander. He reportedly got out of his seat belt and kicked the door out about three inches, shattering the window. Photo by Andrea Novotny


Officials said Cody Blackburn tried to escape from this patrol vehicle Sunday while he was being transported to jail in Lander. He reportedly got out of his seat belt and kicked the door out about three inches, shattering the window. Photo by Andrea Novotny

Officials said Cody Blackburn tried to escape from this patrol vehicle Sunday while he was being transported to jail in Lander. He reportedly got out of his seat belt and kicked the door out about three inches, shattering the window. Photo by Andrea Novotny

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