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August 25, 2008

Atlanta Man Bites Officer, Claims He’s HIV Positive

An Atlanta man claiming to be HIV positive bit the arm of a police officer during an arrest, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to the article, a motorist, Ross Deadwyler, 41, attempted to flee from police at 3:30 a.m. August 23 when an officer tried to pull him over for a broken headlight. Following a pursuit, the officer reached into the car to turn off the ignition when Deadwyler bit a chunk of flesh out of his arm. After the bite, Deadwyler said he was HIV positive.

Deadwyler, whose HIV status remains unknown, is being held in police custody and is charged with two counts each of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and speeding to elude plus one count each of felony obstruction and improper equipment.  

Editors' Note: Deadwyler later tested positive for HIV.

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