Police in Kansas City ended an interview with a suspect and released him without filing charges after he wouldn’t stop farting in the interrogation room.
On Sept. 1, police pulled over and searched a car that Sean A. Sykes Jr., 24, was riding in. The search uncovered a backpack containing drugs and two handguns, according to The Kansas City Star.
One of the guns had been reported stolen several days earlier
Police brought Sykes into the station to question him about the drugs and guns. Sykes told police he didn’t know anything about the backpack and that the drugs and guns weren’t his.
During the interview, a detective asked Sykes for his address and Sykes responded with a “loud fart,” according to a police report obtained by the Star.
“Mr. Sykes leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering with the address,” the detective wrote in the report.
“Mr. Sykes continued to be flatulent and I ended the interview,” the detective continued.
Police released Sykes without filing charges, but his freedom would be short-lived.
On Nov. 5, police pulled Sykes over and searched the car he was driving. They found marijuana, crack cocaine and a different stolen gun.
Unable to fart his way to freedom a second time, Sykes was charged with intent to sell cocaine and being a felon in possession of three firearms.
Sykes may be lucky that police didn’t add an extra charge for farting at an officer, the way police in West Virginia tried to do in 2008.
In that incident, Jose Cruz, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, was pulled over by police for driving without headlights. The Associated Press reports that Cruz smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and failed three field sobriety tests.
Police alleged that while in custody, Cruz farted and made a fanning motion towards a nearby officer, Patrolman T.E. Parsons.
“The gas was very odorous and created contact of an insulting or provoking nature with Patrolman Parsons,” read a criminal complaint.
In addition to charging Cruz with driving under the influence and driving without headlights, police charged Cruz with battery for farting at the officer.
Cruz admitted to farting, but said he didn’t aim it at the officer.
“I couldn’t hold it no more,” he said.
Cruz also claimed that the officers all thought his fart was funny and laughed about it with him.
The battery charge was later dismissed by the county prosecutor’s office.
Sources: The Kansas City Star, The Associated Press via NBC News / Featured Image: Drewes Zuur/Flickr / Embedded Images: Jackson County Detention Center via The Kansas City Star, Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin/U.S. Air Force