Man, high on spice, bites Sarasota officer's thigh, police say

- A man was arrested after kicking, punching and biting Sarasota police officers before being arrested, police say.

Around 7 p.m. on Thursday, two Sarasota police officers responded to 1700 block of Gore Street to assist with an “ill and violent patient,” identified as 35-year-old Chad Washington, they said. Officers had an active warrant for his arrest for a failure to appear in court.

When Washington opened the door and saw the officers, he tried to slam the door closed, but officers managed to push the door open, according to a media release. There were several minutes of fighting, where Washington punched and kicked the officers, and also bit one in the upper thigh, but neither were seriously hurt.

Additional officers arrived, and Washington was subdued, police said. It appeared he was under the influence of spice, and was in an “excited delirium state of mind,” they added. He was in possession of MDMA, when he was arrested.

Washington was arrested on battery charges and possession of drugs.  

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