Port Orchard man arrested for biting deputy

A 28-year-old Port Orchard man was arrested for assault this week after allegedly biting an officer who was trying to arrest him for suspected drunk driving, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to the incident report, a deputy responded to the intersection of West Belfair Valley Road and Sam Christopherson Avenue West shortly after 3 a.m. Nov. 1 after a caller reported that a car had driven into a ditch.

When the deputy arrived, he found an empty gray 1993 Isuzu Rodeo in the ditch. While waiting for a tow truck, the deputy was approached by two men, one who matched the description of the car’s driver given by the caller who witnessed the accident.

After identifying him as the registered owner of the car, the deputy asked the suspect why his vehicle was in the ditch. The suspect first said it wasn’t his vehicle, then said he hadn’t been driving.

Based on the witness’ description and his own observations, the deputy determined the suspect, which he suspected of being intoxicated, had likely been driving.

He then placed the suspect under arrest and handcuffed him, and while he was attempting to take photos of an injury on the suspect’s arm, the deputy said the suspect became combative and bit his upper arm.

After a struggle, the deputy managed to free himself and call for back-up. With other officers present, he again attempted to photograph the suspect’s injury, but was unsuccessful.

The suspect was booked into Kitsap County Jail for third-degree assault and driving under the influence. He was held under $80,000 bail.

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