This past weekend, Austin Tingley and Brian Donaire-Laso were arrested by Longmont police officers on low-level charges following a party. But they've gotten more attention for what they're said to have done en route to Boulder County Jail -- urinating in the back of a patrol car. And according to the department, they're far from the first arrestees to have gotten this idea.
LPD spokesman Sean Harper says that early Sunday morning, "police were called in reference to a large party. The investigation started out as a first-degree criminal trespass or a potential burglary because it was inside a commercial business, but there were no charges filed about that," since the bash's organizers actually had permission to be there.
However, Tingley, 23, and Donaire-Laos, eighteen, both earned citations -- the former for obstructing a police officer (for allegedly running from the scene) and the latter for the same charge plus possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor. As such, they were loaded into a patrol car, at which time "they urinated in the back of the car despite warnings not to," Harper says.
Does that mean the pair said they couldn't hold it and lost control? Or did they threaten to whip out their appendages as payback for the bust? Harper says the police report doesn't include that degree of specificity, but these scenarios are hardly beyond the realm of possibility.
"Unfortunately, it's pretty common" for people to urinate, defecate or vomit while in a police car, he notes. "Sometimes it's because of their condition, sometimes it's in protest, and sometimes it's just in spite."
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Indeed, bodily fluids or solids wind up in police cars so frequently that "we have a decontamination protocol," Harper points out. "If it's a normal shift and nothing like that has happened, the car is passed along to the next officer. But if there's an incident where some biohazard is released in the vehicle, no matter what the biohazard is, we have a protocol that we follow."
By the way, Harper says it doesn't appear as if Tingley or Donaire-Laos were cited for answering nature's call while in the police car. Apparently, that was a freebie. Donaire-Laos's mug shot isn't available, but here's a larger look at Tingley's.
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