A Florida woman has been arrested after she was caught on bodycam footage taking a bite out of a police officer’s leg and refusing to let go.
Sheriff’s deputies from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office responded to 58 Brookside Lane in Palm Coast last Friday due to a domestic disturbance.
Upon arrival, deputies attempted to speak with 38-year-old Cherie Saunders, who had allegedly slapped a male resident of the home.
In bodycam footage, Saunders is heard screaming at the officers while standing in the driveway of her residence ‘with her make-up smeared, no shoes, slurred speech, and a heavy scent of alcohol‘.
‘Get the f**k off my goddamn property right now!’ she is heard yelling.
Officers are heard trying to speak with Saunders who continued to launch expletives at them.
‘Bye bye Felicias,’ she is heard saying before walking over to the deputies in a threatening manner.
The video then dives into chaos with Saunders kicking and screaming as deputies attempted to secure her in handcuffs.
At one point during the struggle, one of the deputies was bitten by Saunders on his right calf.
She appears to refuse to release her bite hold until another deputy was able to free her grip on his leg.
The bite resulted in a two-inch mark which immediately showed broken skin, swelling, and bruising.
‘Moments later, the deputy who was bitten began to feel ill and lost consciousness momentarily,’ according to a press statement.
The deputy was then transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.
‘Rather than let us handle the investigation in a civil manner, this woman actively fought our deputies and bit one deputy resulting in a trip to the hospital,’ Sheriff Rick Staly said.
‘If you attack my deputies you will not win and you will go to the Green Roof Inn facing serious charges. This is a prime example of how dangerous domestic violence calls are for our deputies to handle. Thankfully the deputy was not seriously injured by her actions,’ Staly added.
Saunders was arrested and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, domestic battery and resisting an officer with violence.
On the way to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility for booking, Saunders vomited in the patrol vehicle.
It was determined that she would need to be medically cleared by the hospital prior to booking due to her level of intoxication.
She was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond.
Saunders was arrested previously in 2018 for resisting an officer without violence.