Inmate accused of tossing urine on officers
by Kellen Moore
An inmate is facing three felonies after tossing what deputies believe to be urine on three officers conducting their rounds Monday.
Detention officers were walking the single-cell area of the Watauga Detention Center at about 4:30 p.m. Monday when the incident occurred, according to Sheriff Len Hagaman.
An inmate, 38-year-old Tommie Joe Booher, became agitated and started yelling, making inappropriate racial remarks toward a black inmate housed nearby, Hagaman said.
As detention officers were attempting to quiet and gain control of Booher, he allegedly threw urine on the officers, hitting two in the eyes and mouth and a third on the uniform, the sheriff said.
Booher was charged with three felony counts of malicious conduct by a prisoner, a Class F felony. Booher is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 16 on those charges.
Booher was originally in the jail on charges of driving while license revoked, driving with fictitious tag and driving without a license, as well as failure to register as a sex offender, according to the sheriff’s office.
Booher is frequently in police custody, and also is awaiting trial on charges of motor vehicle larceny, misdemeanor assault and other counts, court dockets show.
The names of the detention officers have not been released. Hagaman said they were being examined for possible exposure to communicable diseases.