Man found with large machete charged with spitting at Odessa police officer

Man found with large machete charged with spitting at Odessa police officer
Donald Auldridge (Source: Ector County Law Enforcement Center)

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - One man is behind bars on several charges following a call on Friday that ended with an officer in the hospital.

Donald Lynn Auldridge was arrested for public intoxication, but he will be facing another charge after he threatened an officer, his family, and spit in the officer's face.

Police were called out to 7–11 on North Grant on Friday around 8:20 p.m. about a man who would not leave the property.

Auldridge was arrested and taken to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He also had a 15-inch machete in his possession. Officer Mota told him he would be charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, which made Auldridge upset and clench his fists ready to fight.

"He began making threats toward the officer, he began making hand gestures, cursing at the officer, threatening to inflict serious bodily injury to death to the officer," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur of Odessa Police Department.

Police say Auldridge to the officer he hopes he dies and even going so far as threatening his wife. Auldridge then spit a large amount of saliva in the officer's eyes, nose and mouth.

"Part of the saliva did make it into the officer's mouth," said LeSueur.

Standard Protocol requires officers to be checked out at Medical Center Hospital if they come in contact with a person's bodily fluids.

Officer Mota was tested and released from the Hospital. Auldridge tested positive for Hepatitis B and C.

"Anytime anyone spits on our officers we charge them with harassment of a public servant. We take it extremely serious A lot of these arrestees have diseases, who knows what else they have," said LeSueur.

Auldridge is charged with harassment of a public servant, unlawful carrying of a weapon and public intoxication. He could be facing up to 10 years in prison for the harassment charge alone.

Police say Officer Mota is doing fine now, but doctors would like to continue to test him to monitor his condition.

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