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Man charged with assault for allegedly biting firefighter

DURANGO, Colo. - An Arizona man has been charged with felony assault and obstruction of a police officer after he allegedly bit a Colorado firefighter and fought with law enforcement following a rollover crash.

The Durango Herald reports that 20-year-old Joe Benally was charged Friday and faces up to six years in prison if convicted on the assault charge.

Authorities say Benally was a passenger in a car that rolled over on February 23 south of Hesperus. After the driver was taken into custody, Benally allegedly started fighting with a firefighter and bit him on the finger.

Benally also allegedly fought with a sheriff's deputy and state patrol trooper when they tried to put him in handcuffs.

He was freed on his own recognizance after agreeing to show up for future court appearances.


Information from: Durango Herald,

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