A Kennewick man has been cleared of charges he threatened to fight an officer and was verbally abusive to police and medical staff after he was found passed out drunk in a car.
Sean C. Burke, 40, opted to have his Benton County Superior Court case heard by a judge, rather than a 12-person jury.
Judge Bruce Spanner acquitted Burke of harassment, disorderly conduct and obstructing after hearing testimony from five witnesses, including Burke. The trial lasted about 2½ hours.
Kennewick officers found him Oct. 26 in the back seat of a car parked on North Cleveland Street and they had trouble waking him.
Prosecutors claimed Burke used racial slurs and derogatory names, threatened to fight an officer and made it difficult for officers to get him in and out of a police car when they arrested him for allegedly taking a swing at another man.