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Man Arrested for Spitting

A Lakeland man having difficulty sleeping was walking around his ‘hood at 2 a.m. talking to a friend on the phone when a police officer stopped him.

The officer asked Joseph Stoiber, 29, what he was doing and asked him if he could pat him down.

Stoiber said no but the cop began patting him down anyway when he saw a bulge in Stoiber’s pocket. It turned out to be his wallet, a can of Grizzly snuff and keys.

During the search, Stoiber, who had been chewing tobacco, spit the accumulated saliva on the sidewalk – an unlawful act in the city since 1944.

That’s when he was sent to the slammer.