PLAINVILLE - A local man accused of biting a police officer, whose arrest resulted in another officer injuring his shoulder, will face less serious charges if he successfully completes a substance abuse treatment program.
Anthony D’Amico, 28, of 174 Cooke St., was taken into custody Friday in Bristol Superior Court, as part of an informal agreement with a state prosecutor in which his bond was raised to $26,000. The deal calls for him to stay locked up on bond until court officials can find an inpatient program for him.
Police were called to D’Amico’s home on April 24 on the report of some kind of disturbance. Officers found him near the home, walking on the trail of a wooded area. When an officer told D’Amico to stop, he put his hand in his pocket and continued walking toward the officer, who then took out his gun. D’Amico, police said, yelled for the officer to shoot him.
The policeman then put his gun away and tried to taser him, but it did not work properly. Instead, the officer wrestled D’Amico down to the ground until another policeman could help get him into handcuffs.
D’Amico allegedly struggled with officers and tried to escape their grasp. While he was flailing around, one of the officers felt his arm get pulled, suffering an apparent dislocated shoulder.
Once back at the police department, D’Amico allegedly threatened to flood his jail cell, so police brought him to another cell that did not have a toilet or a sink, according to police. He bit an officer’s knee while being taken to the new cell, police said.
“I take these cases, as you know, very, very seriously,” Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said to a judge during the hearing Friday.
Lee agreed to substitute a felony charge of assault on a police officer down to misdemeanors if D’Amico completes a six-to-nine-month treatment program.
“His parents need to leave him right there to dry out,” Lee said.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.