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Suspect too drunk to proceed w/ court

A Nespelem man accused of spitting in a Spokane police officer's face while drunk was back in court today after a judge deemed him too intoxicated to proceed with a hearing last week.

Jack Vincent, a.k.a. Turner, who turned 40 on Monday, was "incredibly inebriated" when he spit in the face of Officer Aaron Kirby after Kirby responded to a call of a disorderly person at 907 W. 3rd Ave., on Thursday, Superior Court Judge Michael Price said today.

Most of the saliva did not hit Kirby "but droplets hit him in the face and the front of his uniform," according to a probable cause affidavit.

Vincent faces a third-degree assault charge for the alleged saliva. Police also wanted him charged with disorderly conduct for swearing at them, but prosecutors say they are not pursuing that charge.

Vincent appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Friday, but was "frankly, under the influence, and we just couldn't continue with the hearing," Price said today.

Vincent's bond was set at $1,000 today.

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