Shirtless suspect flees, bites officer say police

Devarduus Debryan Hawkins. Photo Source: Longview PD
Devarduus Debryan Hawkins. Photo Source: Longview PD

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - By Jamey Boyum - email
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Longview Police officer suffered bite wounds during an arrest early Monday morning. It was not a dog that bit him. It was Davarduus Debryan Hawkins, 22, of Longview say police.

According to Longview Police, a routine speeding stop on the 3100 block of Eastman Road became a foot chase when the driver ran from the officer. Hawkins was caught a short time later, but got away by removing his shirt. The officer chased him down in a wooded area and as he tried to handcuff Hawkins, the officer was bitten once on each arm. Backup arrived and Hawkins was finally handcuffed and taken to the Gregg County Jail.

"It's just kind of a nasty by-product of police work that happens every so often," stated Kevin Brownlee, Public Information Officer for the Longview Police Department. "It's unfortunate. We wish it didn't happen, but the officer's okay right now. They're doing some testing to make sure he's still going to be okay later on."

Hawkins was charged with assaulting an officer, evading arrest, and possession of dangerous drugs. The officer was treated at Good Shepherd Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

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