A local man will have half a year to think about his actions after he was sentenced to 180 days in jail for spitting in a deputy’s face after threatening to kill him.
The defendant, Harold Wayne Wolfenbarger, 35, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of assault on an officer, resisting arrest, and drunk driving. In addition to his six months in jail, he must pay $400 plus court costs, perform 24 hours public service work, attend DUI class and lose his driver license for one year.
Wolfenbarger was charged after police found him asleep behind the wheel of his car in the Walmart parking lot.
“We received a complaint about someone asleep in his vehicle with headlights on and airbags deployed,” said McMinnville patrolman Corey Floyd.
The officer said the suspect’s vehicle appeared to have been involved in a recent accident. There was damage to the vehicle and the airbag was deployed. The keys were in the suspect’s pocket. He admitted drinking, the officer said, and then became defensive when police were placing him under arrest.
Floyd said the issues escalated after Wolfenbarger arrived at the jail.
“He began making verbal threats to fatally harm me and my family,” the officer said noting the suspect then spit in his face.