Motorist on 'trumped-up' charge

* Man breaks wind at police * Accused of battery * Farted in 'provoking nature'...

29 September 2008
Motorist on 'trumped-up' charge

A motorist has been charged with assaulting a police officer by breaking wind and then fanning it at police patrolman.

Jose Cruz, was taken to a police station in West Virginia for a breathalyser test.

Police claim Cruz moved towards the officer 'lifted his leg and passed gas loudly. The gas was very odorous and created contact of an insulting or provoking nature.'

In his defence Cruz said: 'I couldn't hold it no more.'

Cruz was accused of battery on a police officer although prosecutors have since asked for the charge against Cruz to be dropped. He still faces charges on four traffic offences.