Woman possibly high on drugs bites Edmonton police officer, faces assault charge

A woman in Edmonton faces a charge of assault after she bit a police officer so hard he had to be taken to hospital.

EDMONTON — A woman in Edmonton faces a charge of assault after she bit a police officer so hard he had to be taken to hospital.

Police say they were responding to a Mental Health Act complaint in the city’s popular Old Strathcona district.

They found a woman in her early 20s screaming and causing a disturbance.

When they attempted to apprehend the woman, who may have been high on drugs, she bit a constable’s hand.

Her unusually powerful bite penetrated his Kevlar-reinforced glove and stripped skin from one finger.

The woman is getting a psychiatric checkup and the officer is being tested for possible exposure to infected blood or saliva.

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