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Man bites police officer
Suspects nose broken while scuffling during drug arrest
Thamer Ibrahim Alsalamah

A man caught with drugs apparently tried to  take a bite — not out of crime, but out of a police officer.
Thamer Ibrahim Alsalamah, 35, of Cambridge at Southern, bit a police officer Thursday after he was caught with marijuana and contraband, police said. Alsalamah suffered a broken nose in the scuffle that followed his attempt to escape with the drugs.
Statesboro police Crime Suppression Unit officers went to Alsalamah’s Cambridge at Southern apartment and knocked on the door  to discuss anonymous reports that Alsalamah had been selling drugs, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.
Alsalamah invited the officers inside and asked them to have a seat. When one of the officers spotted “some marijuana and a smoking pipe on a table,” Alsalamah grabbed the contraband and tried to flee to another area of the room, Turner said.
All three officers immediately moved to subdue Alsalamah, but he resisted, biting Officer Kyle Briley on the hand, Turner said.
“It was a pretty bad bite,” Turner said. “It broke the skin.”
Another officer was struck in the head, and during the melee, Alsalamah suffered a broken nose, Turner said.
After bringing him under control, officers handcuffed Alsalamah. First, Alsalamah and Briley were taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for treatment, and then Alsalamah was taken to the Bulloch County Jail.
Alsalamah was charged with three counts of obstruction, tampering with evidence, marijuana possession with intent to distribute, possession and use of a drug related object, possession of a controlled substance and aggravated assault on a peace officer. He is being held without bond.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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