Police: Man who claims he's HIV positive charged with aggravated assault after biting officer

benw@ledger-enquirer.comApril 26, 2013 

A 45-year-old Columbus man infected with the AIDS virus pleaded not guilty in Recorder's Court today to biting a police officer Thursday on Forsyth Street .

Tommy Tracy Carter faces one count each of aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless use of HIV/AIDS, felony obstruction, loitering and giving false information to police after his arrest early Thursday. Carter was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail on bonds totaling more than $35,000 and bound the charges over the Muscogee Superior Court .

Officers were called to Forsyth Street to check on a wanted man when they confronted Carter on the front porch and asked him about his age. The man first told officers he was 25, then said he was 41.

During a hearing in Recorder's Court, officer Jason Carden said Carter bolted after an officer tried to take him into custody. He was arrested after a brief foot chase in which an officer was bitten by Carter causing several cuts to his arm. "There was substantial blood on his arm," the officer testified.

Carter sustained a cut to his head and was treated at The Medical Center. The suspect told officers he was HIV positive.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is a virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS.

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