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Man charged with assault for allegedly biting Colorado firefighter

By: The Associated Press
March 26, 2017 Updated: March 26, 2017 at 10:56 am
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photo - Joe Benally (Photo via The Durango Herald)
Joe Benally (Photo via The Durango Herald) 

DURANGO — An Arizona man has been charged with felony assault and obstruction of a police officer after he allegedly bit a Colorado firefighter and fought with law enforcement following a rollover crash.

The Durango Herald reports that 20-year-old Joe Benally was charged Friday and faces up to six years in prison if convicted on the assault charge.

Authorities say Benally was a passenger in a car that rolled over on February 23 south of Hesperus. After the driver was taken into custody, Benally allegedly started fighting with a firefighter and bit him on the finger.

Benally also allegedly fought with a sheriff's deputy and state patrol trooper when they tried to put him into handcuffs.

He was freed on his own recognizance after agreeing to show up for future court appearances.

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