A Daytona Beach man positive with HIV was accused of passing on the virus by spitting on a South Daytona firefighter-paramedic, police said.
Julio Rivera, 41, who was being investigated in a domestic violence case on Tuesday, was charged with criminal transmission of HIV, battery on a firefighter by way of spitting, domestic violence battery, resisting arrest without violence, fleeing and attempting to elude police, giving a false name, unlawful possession of molly/ecstasy, possession of drug paraphernalia, and grand theft.
Rivera was being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail on Wednesday without bail. South Daytona police were called to a domestic disturbance at a South Palmetto Avenue home where Rivera’s girlfriend reported being battered. Rivera then fled on a bicycle, police said.
An officer spotted Rivera and ordered him to stop but Rivera pedaled faster. The officer exited his patrol car and ran after Rivera, a report states.