Trial begins for man accused of spitting on police officer

Darrell Wayne Allen accused of harassment of public servant

SAN ANTONIO – Following his arrest by police who were answering a disturbance call, Darrell Wayne Allen began shouting obscenities and threatening to spit on San Antonio Police Officer Yvette Geschke, the officer testified Wednesday.

Geschke was the first state's witness in Allen's trial on charges of harassment of a public servant.

"He spit, and it hit my neck and cheek," Geschke testified. "Disgusting. I never had anyone spit on me and it was really gross."

She said she had just placed Allen in the backseat of her patrol car after she spotted him exposing himself at an East Side truck stop on the night of July 23, 2014.

"I put my spotlight on him, and you could see him urinating on the wheel," Geschke testified.

She explained that police were answering a call for a disturbance at the truck stop on Foster Road and that when they arrived Allen appeared to be "extremely intoxicated."

Allen's lawyer, Jocelyn Andrews, told the jury during her opening statement that police took things too far that night.

"This is a simple case of police harassment," she said. "Of police making an error and then trying to cover and protect themselves."

If he is convicted, Allen is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Testimony is expected to continue on Thursday in 144th District Court.

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