Report: Man infected with HIV spits on Lufkin officer

Sir Oliphant mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Sir Oliphant mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a man who claimed he was infected with the HIV virus and spat at officers while they were trying to apprehend him, according to the arrest report.

Sir John Oliphant, 33, of Lufkin, is charged with harassment of a public servant, criminal mischief and public intoxication.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, an officer was trying to arrest Oliphant on Monday night when Oliphant, who has said in the past that he is invested with HIV, spat at the officer on the arm.

Oliphant spat at another officer during the arrest, according to the affidavit.

Police responded to the 100 block of Joe C. Lane around 10:30 p.m. after two 911 calls, one of which was disconnected.

When officers arrived, they found Oliphant on the street yelling at them and arrested him for public intoxication, according to the report.

After the spitting incident, officers took Oliphant to the Angelina County Jail. When they arrived, they noticed the police cruiser rear door had suffered damage. Officers said the damage could have only come during the time Oliphant was in the car and figured it had happened while they were speaking with Oliphant's mother. According to the report, he caused $660 in damage to the door, so he is now charged with criminal mischief.

Once Oliphant was taken to the jail, jailers placed Oliphant in a restraint chair and put a spit mask on his face, according to the affidavit.

He is being held in the jail on a collective $12,000 bond.

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