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‘Spitting Suspect’ Donte Joseph Arrested With Marijuana In Vehicle: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man pulled over during a routine traffic stop on Veteran’s Drive on Thursday refused to cooperate with police and repeatedly spit on the officers as he was arrested with marijuana in his vehicle.

Donte Camil Joseph, 23, of 215-214 Anna’s Retreat, was arrested and charged with interfering with an officer during the discharging of his duties, throwing bodily waste at a person and simple possession after 11:50 p.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

VIPD officers from the Criminal Investigation Bureau, Special Operations, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a Traffic Initiative Checkpoint on Veterans Drive on Thursday.

During the initiative, officers stopped a black Nissan Altima in which Joseph was driving.

“Officers making the stop observed a glass jar containing a suspicious looking substance resembling marijuana on the backseat of the vehicle along with an unzipped backpack that was next to Joseph’s person,” VIPD spokesman Karl Caesar said. “Officers asked Joseph if he had any weapons or drugs in the car. While responding to the officers’ inquiry Joseph reached for the backpack.”

At this point, police asked Joseph to exit the vehicle with several commands and he refused the officers request.

“In execution of their duty, officers removed Joseph from the vehicle and placed him under arrest,” Caesar said. “While trying to place him in the back of the patrol unit Joseph spat on an officer.”

Throughout the entire time he was in custody, police said Joseph “acted belligerent” and continued to spit saliva at officers.

He was ultimately turned over to the Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Anyone having any information about this or any other crime is asked to please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211, Major Crime Unit at (340) 714-9830 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9807. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 or 911.

“We need your help and the entire community’s involvement,” Caesar said.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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