According to Denton Police, on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at approximately 11:08 p.m., a Denton Police Sergeant was injured when a suspect bit off a portion of his ear during a traffic stop.
The incident began when an officer pulled over a vehicle after observing it weaving from lane to lane on I-35E. The driver of the vehicle pulled over on the shoulder of the northbound lanes of traffic near North Texas Boulevard. Officers attempted to conduct a Driving While Intoxicated investigation, but the driver, 45-year-old Christopher Michael Rogers, refused to exit his vehicle.
As the officers attempted to remove Rogers from the vehicle, Rogers punched one of them in the face. A backup officer and a sergeant attempted to handcuff Rogers, but he resisted the officers and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the officers and Rogers fell to the ground on the shoulder of the highway.
Police say that Rogers began to bite the sergeant’s head and ear, ultimately biting a portion of the sergeant’s ear off. A TASER was deployed and the officers were able to place Rogers into handcuffs. Rogers was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. While he was being transported, Rogers kicked a paramedic attempting to treat him in the chest.
– Denton Police
While he was being transported, Rogers kicked a paramedic attempting to treat him in the chest.
Following his release from the hospital, Rogers was booked into the City of Denton Jail on charges of
- Driving While Intoxicated – 2nd Offense, Resisting Arrest,
- Assault on a Public Servant (police officer),
- Assault on a Public Servant (paramedic) and
- one count of Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant. The injured sergeant is in good spirits and is recovering at home.