A Texas City man was charged with assaulting a public servant Thursday, after he was accused of biting a police officer during a search for drugs.

The incident happened about 9:05 p.m. in the 1900 block of Nashby Street in La Marque, according to an affidavit.

The officer stopped a man riding a bicycle because it lacked a headlight, according to the affidavit.

During the stop, the officer suspected the man had drugs in his mouth, according to the affidavit. Worried the man would try to destroy the drugs by swallowing them, the officer grabbed the man's mouth and told him to spit, according the affidavit.

While the officer's hand was on his face, the man turned his head and bit down on the officer's thumb, according to the affidavit. The officer punched the man in the head in response, according to the affidavit.

The bicyclist was taken into custody. Police reported finding a small amount of crack cocaine on a police car where the man had been told to spit, according to the affidavit.

Donnie Russell, 49, of Texas City, was charged with assault on a public service. He was denied bond, according to jail records.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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