Suspect bites officer during lengthy struggle to make arrest south of Edmonton

DEVON, Alta. -- An Edmonton man faces half a dozen charges after a routine RCMP patrol ended in a foot chase, a fight and a bite.

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Two members of the Devon detachment southwest of the city were patrolling the quiet community's streets Tuesday night when they spotted a vehicle by a gas station that had been reported stolen from Rocky Mountain House.

The officers tried to arrest a man who was driving the vehicle, but he slipped free.

"The male fled. After a short foot pursuit, he was apprehended by members a short distance away and a lengthy struggle ensued," said Cpl. Hal Turnbull.

"The officers were trying to gain control of the suspect and during the struggle the accused bit one of the officers."

The man was eventually constrained, arrested and taken to the detachment. He remains in custody.

The Mountie, said Turnbull, was treated for the bite.

"Having been bitten myself in the past while making arrests, I would assume that it was more than just a passing nip."

Victor Snell, 33, has been charged with obstruction, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, possession of marijuana, possession of a weapon and possession of stolen property.

He is to appear in Leduc provincial court Jan. 7.

A man suspected of stealing a vehicle is facing several charges, but it took Mounties southwest of Edmonton a bit of effort to arrest him.

RCMP in Devon say one of their officers was bitten by a man during a lengthy struggle to take him into custody.

Police say a vehicle believed to have been stolen in Rocky Mountain House was seen in front of a Devon gas station on Tuesday night.

The driver attempted to flee on foot, but was caught a short distance away.

Mounties say the suspect put up a fight and sank his teeth into one of the officers, but the bite wasn't serious.

Victor Snell, who is 33 and from Edmonton, faces charges that include possession of stolen property, obstruction, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

He remains in custody and is to appear in Leduc provincial court Jan. 7.


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