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Man suspected of biting police officer’s finger

Matt Stensland
Kevin H. Harris
Routt County Sheriff’s Office/courtesy

— A man faces a second-degree assault charge after police said he bit an officer’s finger.

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers Monday night were called to check on the welfare of Kevin H. Harris at the Shadow Run Condominiums. It was suspected that the 33-year-old possibly had ingested something dangerous, and he was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

While at YVMC, Harris was combative with hospital staff and police, according to an affidavit filed in Routt County Court.

Harris reportedly tried to take an IV out of his arm, and the decision was made to put him in restraints.

“Harris was so agitated and upset that he was being placed into restraints that he constantly was trying to remove the soft restraints,” the affidavit stated.

Harris continued to struggle and would loosen the restraints, the affidavit stated. It goes on to say that while an officer was trying to hold Harris down, Harris lunged his head forward toward an officer’s hand. The officer reported that he could feel Harris’ teeth wrap around his finger, but the bite did not break the officer’s skin.

After staying at YVMC overnight, police said Harris calmed down, and he was booked into Routt County Jail for the reported assault on the officer.

Harris was released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond. A phone number could not be located for Harris in an attempt to get a comment. He is due back in court Tuesday.

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