Man charged over alleged bite on police officer

Man charged over alleged bite on police officer

A MAN who allegedly bit a police officer on the arm was charged in Joondalup late last month over alleged drug-fuelled violence.

The 28-year-old Ellenbrook man is accused of inflicting a wound the size of a 20c piece on an officer’s forearm when he bit him during a struggle at a Gnangara Road home in Lexia on January 28.

Police were responding to reports the man was striking the door of a property with a claw hammer.

Acting Senior Sergeant Phil Huggins, of Joondalup Detectives, said the man was seemingly under the influence of drugs when police approached him.

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He said an officer tasered the accused, subduing him for a moment, before the man pulled one of the probes off his body.

The man is accused of attacking the officer when the latter tried to handcuff him.

Police allege he was carrying methamphetamine and cannabis when they searched him after his detainment.

They took the man to Joondalup Health Campus for observation before charging him. The officer was treated for a bite wound.

Investigators charged the man with the aggravated assault of a public officer, drug possession and carrying an article to cause fear.

He was further charged with unlawful damage and two trespass offences. He is due to face Midland Magistrates Court on February 17.