Update: Man bites officer while resisting arrest on Willard Street

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comApril 25, 2013 

Update (Thursday, 12:23 p.m.)

A man allegedly bit an officer while being arrested on Willard Street early Thursday morning, according to a Columbus Police report.

An officer was dispatched to the 2400 block of Forsyth Street at about 1 a.m. to look for a suspect who had a felony warrant with the department. When police arrived at the residence, he saw a man matching the description of 45-year-old Tommy Carter.

Carter allegedly looked nervous when police asked for his name, and told the officer his name is Jimmy and that he is 25-years-old. The officer reported that he could "clearly tell he was not 25-years-old," and told Carter to turn around and place his hands behind his back. Instead, Carter ran down Forsyth Street.

During the chase, while the officer was on Willard Street, Carter lost his balance, causing a laceration to his right eye. The officer was able to get on Carter's back so he remained on the ground. He struggled to get Carter to take his hands out from underneath him and at one point reached his hands underneath Carter's chest to try and pin his hands behind his back. Eventually, Carter was taken into custody.

After the struggle, the officer noticed that Carter's blood from the head injury was on the officer's arms. He also noticed several lacerations and two puncture wounds on his left forearm that looked consistent with a bite mark. He was taken to the Medical Center.

Carter was charged with felony obstruction and aggravated assault on a police officer. He was taken to Muscogee County Jail.

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