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Biting bus driver, spitting at cop sends man back to jail

John Hinton (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.) John Hinton (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Freedom was short lived for a man on his bus ride home from prison. John Tad Hinton is now back behind bars, accused of assaulting the bus driver by biting him in the chest and spitting on police.

Gulfport Police arrested Hinton, 37, just hours after he was released from the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

When officers arrested Hinton, running away from the Greyhound Bus station on 13th Street, they say he was belligerent, cursing and spitting at the officers. After spitting in one officer's face, Hinton told him he was infected with Hepatitis C.

Police said his actions didn't get any better when they got him into the patrol car. While in the backseat on the way to jail, officers said Hinton was kicking, and caused $900 in damage to the patrol car.

Hinton is charged with Assault and three other counts dealing with contagious diseases, Causing Exposure to Hepatitis C and Endangerment by Bodily Substance.

Hinton had been imprisoned for felony eluding law enforcement. He's now being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on $400,000 bond.

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