Police: Drunk motorist spit on prison guard

Shortly after alleged intoxicated hit-run driver Alec C. Cajka was committed to the Lycoming County Prison, the 26-year-old Old Lycoming Township man spit on a corrections officer, according to county Detective A. E. Diaz Sr.

Cajka had been ordered to the prison after District Judge Gary A, Whiteman ruled he was unfit for arraignment on Jan. 2 when Cajka was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and hit-run following a crash that afternoon in the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard, city police said.

Police said Cajka fled the scene after his car rear-ended another, but the other driver pursued him to Washington Boulevard and Shiffler Avenue, where police soon took him into custody at his place of employment.

After Cajka, of 48 Hillcrest Lane, was brought to the jail, he allegedly spit at an officer, his saliva landing on the officer’s leg, Diaz said. The next day, Cajka went before Whiteman and was released on $5,000 bail.

Cajka was arrested last week by Diaz for the spitting incident and charged with aggravated harassment by a prisoner, simple assault and harassment. Following his arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III, he was committed to the Lycoming Prison in lieu of $7,500 bail. He waived his preliminary hearing Thursday and is free on bail.