(Stillwater, Okla.) — Two Stillwater men have been accused of spitting on police officers in unrelated incidents two days apart in late January, court records show.
In one case, Drew Bishop Michael Newton, 22, was charged with kicking a detention officer in the face, spitting on a Stillwater police officer, being intoxicated in public at his apartment complex, resisting arrest, and threatening to kill an officer, all on Jan. 27.
Newton, who was jailed on $10,000 bail, could be incarcerated for nine and one-half years if convicted on all five counts.
Stillwater police had been sent at about 4 p.m. to Newton’s apartment complex in the 100 block of N. Duck Street to check on a man screaming outside an apartment, an affidavit alleged.
“There was a key lanyard hanging from the door and a key inserted in the doorknob. He continually asked me to open the door. I asked him what stopped him from going inside, and he said it was the wrong key,” Stillwater Police Officer Nick McDonough alleged in an affidavit.
After another officer arrived, “Drew then started screaming ‘Babe, open the f…… door!’ and began banging on the door,” the affidavit alleged.
When the second officer tried to get Newton, who smelled of alcohol, away from the door, during a confrontation Newton cursed at both officers, the affidavit alleged.
“Drew started yelling for ‘Roco’ to open the door. I told Drew that he would be tased if he did not stop,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
When police escorted Newton down the stairs, “he started saying he needed help and that he was in pain,” the affidavit alleged.
“Once we got downstairs and to my vehicle, Drew stated, ‘I’m gonna blow your g….. head off as soon as I get out of court. I’m gonna blow your head off with my 45 mm,'” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
At the Stillwater city jail, “Drew continued to cuss at the detention officers,” one of whom was kicked in the face, the affidavit alleged.
“I grabbed Drew on the left side of his neck and pushed him toward the counter, pinning him down…After I backed away from Drew, he spit on my chest. A spit mask was placed over Drew’s head,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
Cursing at officers, Newton said, “Y’all can’t wait to get y’all head blown off,'” the affidavit alleged.
In another incident two days earlier, Damion Lawrence Alexander Tippett, 32, was charged with spitting on a different Stillwater police officer, resisting arrest, and trespassing at an apartment complex after being forbidden to be there, court records show.
Tippett, who was jailed on $5,000 bail, could be incarcerated for three years and 10 days if convicted of the three-count charge.
Stillwater police had been sent shortly before 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 to Westbrook Apartments at 3700 W. 19 Avenue regarding Tippett, who “has been warned several times in the past couple weeks to stay off the property by law enforcement and Westbrook management,” Stillwater Police Officer Jimmy Knox alleged in an affidavit.
“I contacted Tippett and asked why he keeps coming on the property after he has been told not to. He responded with gibberish,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
After another officer arrived, Tippett was arrested for trespassing and began yelling profanity at the apartment manager — then began cursing and screaming at police, the affidavit alleged. Tippett had a homemade pipe with residue inside that field-tested positive for marijuana, the affidavit alleged.
In a patrol car, “Tippett was out of control — kicking the back doors and head-butting the Plexiglas divider. At one point Tippett spit through the one inch hole in the divider. The spit landed on the top of my head and windshield. Tippett continued kicking and head-butting the doors and divider,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
“Once at the detention center, I removed Tippett from my patrol car and detention staff, as well as other officers, escorted Tippett inside to be processed,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.