Posted by on September 26, 2017 11:52 am
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(BayAreaNewsTalk.com) – A Pittsburg transient pleaded no contest to resisting arrest and injuring two police officers at San Francisco International Airport in 2015, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Jason Johnson, 42, was walking in the International Terminal’s food court with some food at 2:35 a.m. on May 6, 2015 when an officer stopped to speak with him.

Johnson was disheveled and smelled and appeared to be there without any purpose. Prosecutors said he had been arrested for trespassing in the past.

Johnson reached into his pocket even thought an officer told him not to and officers removed his hand.

Johnson became enraged and attacked two officers, according to prosecutors.

A struggle ensued and Johnson choked one officer nearly unconscious with the officer’s bike helmet strap.

Prosecutors said Johnson was eventually subdued and arrested but not before one officer suffered torn ligaments in an elbow and another suffered a back injury that may end his career.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Johnson has a prior felony strike conviction for assault. That took place in 1997 in Washoe County, Nevada.

Johnson spent about a year in Napa State Hospital until he was ruled competent to stand trial. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Nov. 16 for sentencing. He faces up to four years in prison.

Johnson has been released on a $10,000 bond. His attorney Randy Hey could not immediately be reached for comment.