Man puts bite on dog handler

Last updated 12:00 04/08/2012

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A Palmerston North police dog handler may be used to seeing people bitten, but has found himself on the receiving end of a chomp.

He was sent for hospital treatment after being bitten by a man he was trying to arrest. Acting Senior Sergeant Phil Yates said the biter drew blood.

The man alleged to have inflicted the bite, Rikki Aaron Charles Wilson, appeared in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday charged with assault with intent to injure and male assaults female.

Both charges relate to an incident in Leigh St about 6.30pm on Thursday. A man was said to be dragging a female around a front yard. He became aggressive and police wrestled him to the ground. It was at that point the handler was bitten.

Wilson, 40, unemployed, did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody until next week.

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- Manawatu Standard

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