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Whisnant Charged with Spitting on Officer

Danny Ray Whisnant

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - A Sallisaw man was charged April 30 with placing body fluid on a government employee, according to a probable cause affidavit filed May 10.

Danny Ray Whisnant Jr., 34, faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted on the felony charge. He was also charged with resisting an officer and public intoxication, both misdemeanors.

At 6:22 p.m. April 30, a Sallisaw police officer was dispatched to the area of South Kerr Boulevard and West Tatham Avenue for a welfare check on a man sitting in a fetal position in a driveway. When the officer arrived, he saw the man, later identified as Whisnant, lying in a driveway.

The officer pulled his patrol car into the driveway and began walking toward Whisnant, who began trying, but failing, to stand up. There was an open can of beer lying next to him and the officer also noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the man. Whisnant, who denied that he had been drinking, started becoming angry and approaching the officer in a threatening manner. Told multiple times to get back, Whisnant then allegedly spit tobacco in the officer’s face.

At that point, the officer grabbed Whisnant’s right arm and forced him to the ground, then grabbed his left arm and pinned it behind him. Whisnant continued to resist arrest, even when additional officers arrived on the scene.

When Whisnant was finally placed in the back seat of a patrol car, he headbutted a window several times and told the officer multiple times that he was going to kill him.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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