Calif. officer bitten by suspect trying to swallow drugs


By Doane Yawger
The Merced Sun-Star

MERCED, Calif. — While arresting a Merced man on suspicion of drug charges early Tuesday, a police officer was bitten on the hand. In a separate incident, a man was apprehended on suspicion of selling cocaine and methamphetamine late Monday night.

Cmdr. Tom Martin of the Merced Police Department said Darren Thurman, 42, of Merced was arrested at 12:11 a.m. Tuesday at 98 E. 12th St. after he reportedly bit Officer Kalvin Haygood during a scuffle.

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