A Florida man is facing several charges after police say he assaulted an officer and bit the ear of a K-9 dog while naked and high on methamphetamines during an arrest attempt last week.
According to NY Post, 38-year-old Donald Watts was arrested Saturday for multiple charges including simple battery, two counts of resisting an officer/arrest, and one count of aggravated battery on a service dog.
Deputies with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were called to a residence on SE Brawley Terrace in High Springs Saturday morning over reports that a man, later identified as Watts, was using methamphetamines. While police were on the scene, dispatch received a second call from someone else in the same area, reporting a strange man in his yard with a flashlight.
Deputies reported hearing “strange noises” when searching the yard and eventually located Watts, naked and covered in mud, lying in what appeared to be some shallow body of water.
According to Police, Watts’ behavior was described as manic by the two responding deputies who said he paced “back and forth laughing” and making “bird noises.”
In their attempt to subdue the suspect, police claim Watts ran underneath a mobile home and when deputies tried to detain him, Watts punched one. According to the police report, several attempts to use a Taser on the suspect were unsuccessful, prompting officers to wait for a K-9 unit that was on its way.
When back up deputies arrived with the K-9 Unit, Casper was given a command to apprehend Watts, but the deranged man “leaped, grabbed Casper by the head and bit Casper’s ear as he drove Casper to the ground,” police officials said.
Eventually, Casper was able to break free and hit the suspect, and then deputies were able to detain him. Watts was taken to the hospital before being transported to the county jail, where he was being held on $37,000 bond.