HURRICANE — A 22-year-old man, who took police on a short-lived chase and urinated all over the back of a patrol car, was arrested Wednesday on an array of alcohol-related charges, along with a felony charge for damage to a jail.
A police officer observed a white car traveling 85 mph in a 60 mph zone in Hurricane. When the officer turned around to attempt to catch the vehicle, the car accelerated to over 90 mph, according to a probable cause statement written by Hurricane City Police Officer Ken Thompson in support of the arrest.
“The vehicle changed lanes several times and then made a sudden turn onto another road and into a business parking lot,” Thompson wrote in the statement, “failing to yield to my emergency lights.”
When the vehicle finally stopped, a man identified as Skyler Honanhi Pintor exited the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Thompson said he could smell the odor of alcohol coming from the car and noticed an open can of beer on the rear floor of the car. During an information check, Pintor’s driver’s license showed it was revoked for a prior alcohol offense.
“Skyler initially said he had not been drinking,” Thompson wrote, “but later said he had a couple of beers and a couple of shots earlier.”
Pintor failed his field sobriety test and was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Pintor refused to submit to a breath test, so Thompson obtained a search warrant for a blood draw to which Pintor said “he would fight and not allow medics to draw his blood,” the statement said.
While reviewing video footage from the patrol car video system, Thompson noticed Pintor moving around a lot in the back seat and watched as he grabbed a hanger holding a raincoat and broke it into several pieces.
“Skyler also spit in the back seat and into the center partition,” Thompson wrote. “Then Skyler removed his penis from his pants and urinated on the back seat and the raincoat.”
Pintor was booked into Purgatory and charged with a third-degree felony for jail damage, a class A misdemeanor for obstruction of justice, five class B misdemeanors for criminal mischief, DUI, operating a vehicle without interlock system, alcohol-restricted driver and reckless driving and three class C misdemeanors for driving on a revoked driver’s license, open container in vehicle and public urination.
During Pintor’s initial court appearance before the 5th District Court in St. George Thursday, Judge John Walton ordered his bail set at $10,600. The judge also found Pintor to be indigent and appointed attorney Douglas Terry to represent him during his next court appearance, scheduled for Aug. 4.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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