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Published April 28, 2011, 09:32 AM

Jamestown jail officer treated for bite wound to face

A Stutsman County correctional officer suffered a bite to her face while dealing with an inmate Monday afternoon, according to Police Chief Dave Donegan.

By: Associated Press,

JAMESTOWN - A Stutsman County correctional officer suffered a bite to her face while dealing with an inmate Monday afternoon, according to Police Chief Dave Donegan.

At approximately 3:49 p.m. police were called to the Stutsman County Correctional Center to control an inmate who allegedly attacked a female correctional officer.

The officer had requested the inmate go to another area of the facility. The inmate, whom police described as agitated, allegedly jumped on the officer, wrapping his legs around hers with his arms around her head and upper body, and bit into the left side of her face.

Other correctional officers responded immediately and tried to get the inmate to let go of the officer. The responding officers managed to free the officer from the inmate and had him restrained when the police arrived.

The officer who was attacked was taken to Jamestown Hospital's emergency room, treated for her bite wound and later released.

Justin R. Poitra, 19, Belcourt, N.D., was charged after the incident with simple assault on a correctional officer and contact by bodily fluid on a correctional officer, both Class C felonies.

Poitra was incarcerated after five prior assaults and one criminal mischief that occurred at another state institution.

A Class C felony is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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