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.
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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.