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Smoke break on plane lands Boise man in Alaska jail

United States airlines banned smoking on planes back in 1988. Since then, crew members have warned passengers that sneaking off for a smoke in the lavatory could get them arrested.

A Boise man flying Thursday into Alaska failed to heed the warning. After he was booted from the plane on the tarmac at Juneau International Airport, David Alan Cimino, 55, allegedly bit a Juneau police officer on the cheek and injured a second officer during a scuffle.

Cimino had flown on Flight 64 from Seattle to Alaska’s capital. While the plane was on the tarmac, crew members discovered Cimino smoking a cigarette in the on-board bathroom.

He was ordered to leave the plane at about 1:40 p.m., while the plane was parked on the tarmac. Cimino refused to identify himself to two Juneau police officers and led two officers on a short chase across the tarmac, Lt. David Campbell of the Juneau Police Department said in a written release.

Cimino fought with officers as they apprehended him. He gave up when the officers threatened to shoot him with a Taser.

The officer who was bit was also treated for an injury to her wrist. The other officer, a man, was also injured in the wrist, police said. They were treated at a Juneau hospital, along with Cimino, who suffered several minor abrasions to his head during the fight.

Cimino was later taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau, where he was charged with two counts each of assaulting a peace officer and criminal mischief and one count of resisting arrest.

He was being held Friday morning on $2,000 bail.

An Idaho warrant for Cimino’s arrest was issued March 23. Cimino is accused of absconding probation for a case out of Elmore County, said Jeff Ray, spokesman for the Idaho Department of Correction.

Cimino was convicted in convicted in 2010 of domestic violence with traumatic injury. He was originally sentenced to five to 10 years in prison, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed into a 120-day rider program. After successfully completing the program at the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood, he was released from custody in April 2011.

He was scheduled to be released from probation in 2020, Ray said.