Man Bites Officer After Crash: Police

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    Joseph Sirois is accused of biting an officer in Hamden.

    A Hamden police officer had to be treated at the hospital when a New Haven man bit him during an arrest on Sunday, according to police.

    The incident started as a one-car crash on Shepard Avenue at 1 p.m. on Sunday and the responding officer saw the driver, Joseph Sirois, 38, of New Haven, stumble in a private driveway and try to run off, police said.

    As the officer tried to arrest Sirois, he began fighting with the officer and two people who were helping the town with snow removal, helped subdue Sirois.

    During the process, Sirois bit the officer’s left wrist, police said. The officer was treated for his injury at Yale–New Haven Hospital.

    Police said Sirois had four packets of PCP and drug paraphernalia inside his vehicle. He was arrested and transported to police headquarters.

    Sirois was charged with assault on a police officer, possession of a hallucinogen, possession of drug paraphernalia and interfering with a police officer.

    Sirois, who was detained on a $20,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on March 4.