A Hermiston man with a long criminal history was arrested late Wednesday after allegedly trying to start a fight with neighbors, yelling racial comments at officers and spitting in an officer's face.
Hermiston police were called twice to the apartment at 645 S.E. Fourth St. on the Fourth of July for complaints about a resident, said Chief Jason Edmiston.
Ivan Santoyo, 28, initially was contacted by police because of his loud music.
Santoyo reportedly was belligerent and confrontational, but he turned the music down, Edmiston said.
Officers gave Santoyo a warning after he agreed to stay inside his apartment for the rest of the night.
A short time later, however, officers were sent back to the apartments when Santoyo reportedly tried to start a fight with a neighbor.
He remained confrontational when police arrived and yelled racial comments at officers, Edmiston said.
When officers told Santoyo they were arresting him for disorderly conduct, he tried to run inside his apartment, but he was caught.
Santoyo spit in an officer's face when they were putting him in the back of the patrol car, Edmiston said.
Santoyo was booked into the Umatilla County jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct and harassment. He also was cited of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana.
Edmiston said Santoyo has been arrested 24 times now by Hermiston police with a total of 52 charges.
"Overall, the Fourth of July was relatively peaceful. Our agency responded to numerous noise complaints," the chief said. "It is unfortunate Mr. Santoyo did what he did as now we have an officer that must take specific medications for the next week in hopes of not contracting any potential disease from this out-of-control citizen."