Man who spit on cop pleads guilty

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Carbondale Times 

A Carbondale man is just days into a 42-month prison term after he pleaded guilty last week to DUI and spitting on and threatening the police officer who arrested him.

Robert L. Delmore, 38, was admitted Monday to the Menard Correctional Center after pleading guilty July 28 to the charges of DUI, aggravated battery, threatening a public official and aggravated DUI.

Delmore’s sentence is for three and half years to be followed by two years of probation for the aggravated battery charge and one year for all the additional charges. The sentences are to run concurrently.

The Illinois Department of Corrections lists a discharge date of Jan. 25, 2020, and a projected parole date of Jan. 25, 2018.

According to State’s Attorney Mike Carr, Carbondale Police responded around 11 p.m. April 26 to the area of North Springer and West Baird streets regarding reports of a grey Chevrolet Caprice driving through yards and striking numerous objects. The vehicle matching the description was located, and Delmore was identified as the driver.

Delmore demonstrated slurred speech and confusion, and smelled of alcohol, according to Carr. Following a field sobriety test, Delmore was placed under arrest, and it was further revealed that he also was driving on a revoked license.  

As Delmore was being processed at the police department, he reportedly began to threaten the police officer and raised his fist toward the officer. When the officer secured Delmore’s hand to the table to prevent further attempts, Delmore spit on the officer. As Delmore was being transported to the Jackson County Jail, he made direct threats to kill the officer upon his release from jail.