- Associated Press - Sunday, March 26, 2017

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - 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 (https://bit.ly/2n5FZaT ) 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 into handcuffs.

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



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Information from: Durango Herald, https://www.durangoherald.com

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