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Woman Bites Her Way to Jail

(Michigan City, IN) - A woman biting a police officer helped take a bite out of crime.


Myrtle Thompson, 31, of Michigan City, is charged with battery against a public safety official, a level 5 felony, and other counts.


According to court documents, officers early on October 19 were called to a disturbance where people could be heard yelling in the area of Green and Donnelly streets. Police found a vehicle halfway in the road and halfway in a yard.


After the vehicle was found to have expired plates, handcuffs were put on the driver for not cooperating in the investigation, and a female backseat passenger with an outstanding warrant for her arrest, court documents revealed.


The front seat passenger was Thompson, who gave a false name and kept hiding her face because she also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. An officer struggling to place her in his vehicle started being hit and kicked repeatedly by Thompson.


She stopped when the officer punched her in the face, police said. However, while attempting to strap a seat belt on her, the officer was bitten on the arm by Thompson. A transport van was then called to take her to the La Porte County Jail because of her continued combative behavior.


According to court documents, the officers felt a stinging sensation from the bite and were left with bite marks on his skin.

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