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DWI suspect bites off part of Denton PD sergeant’s ear

Christopher Michael Rogers, book-in photo courtesy of Denton Police Department

A Denton Police Department sergeant is recovering at home after a DWI suspect allegedly bit off part of his ear over the weekend.

Just after 11 p.m. Friday, an officer saw a vehicle weaving between lanes on I-35E northbound in south Denton and conducted a traffic stop, according to a DPD news release. The driver pulled over onto the shoulder near North Texas Boulevard, but he refused to get out of the vehicle for a DWI investigation.

Officers tried to remove the driver from the vehicle, but he punched one of them in the face and resisted being put in handcuffs. The officers and a police sergeant fell to the ground with the suspect during the struggle, and the suspect began to bite the sergeant’s head and ear, eventually biting a portion of his ear off, according to a DPD news release. The officers were able to place the suspect into handcuffs after deploying a TASER.

The suspect, identified as 45-year-old Christopher Michael Rogers of Denton, was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, according to DPD, and during the trip he kicked a paramedic. After he was released from the hospital, Rogers was booked into the city jail on charges of DWI (second offense), resisting arrest, two counts of assault on a public servant (one for a police officer, the other for the paramedic) and one count of aggravated assault on a public servant.

The injured sergeant is recovering at home and is in good spirits, according to the news release.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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