Almost three months after he allegedly attacked a sheriff's deputy, a 19-year-old Hazelton man has been criminally charged with spitting on the officer and prying open a piece of his squad car's partition.

Sonny James Jackson is charged with felony contact by bodily fluids and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and preventing arrest or discharge of other duties. Court documents say on July 20 he and his father were arguing while standing in the southbound lane of State Highway 83 near Hazelton when an Emmons County sheriff's deputy responded to the scene.

The officer tried to speak with Jackson, who allegedly ran away and spat in the deputy's face when ordered to stop.

Jackson then allegedly dove aggressively at the deputy's legs. The officer tried to arrest Jackson, who allegedly resisted until another deputy arrived and reportedly threatened to use a taser.

The deputy reportedly smelled alcohol on Jackson, who, while in the officer's squad car, was eventually able to get his hands out from behind himself, court documents say. From there, he allegedly bent a Plexiglas component of the prisoner partition inside the squad car and got his hands into the front compartment.

Jackson is due in court Monday afternoon.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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