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Man accused of biting Raleigh police officer in motel scuffle

Man bites Raleigh police officer

Billy Lamont Graham, 32, was charged with assault Thursday night after biting a Raleigh police officer on the hand during a scuffle at a the Budget Inn on New Bern Avenue.
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Billy Lamont Graham, 32, was charged with assault Thursday night after biting a Raleigh police officer on the hand during a scuffle at a the Budget Inn on New Bern Avenue.

A 32-year-old man was charged with assault Thursday night after police say he bit an officer on the hand during a scuffle at an east Raleigh motel.

Billy Lamont Graham was arrested at the Budget Inn on New Bern Avenue after officers arrived for a trespassing call, Raleigh police said in a press release.

One of the officers was bitten and injured on the elbow while trying to subdue Graham, police said. During the struggle, the officer used both his Taser and pepper spray.

Graham and the officer were treated at WakeMed for minor injuries, police said. Arrest records showed Graham in the Wake County jail also facing charges of identity theft and resisting a public officer.

Josh Shaffer covers Wake County and federal courts. He has been a reporter for The News & Observer since 2004 and previously wrote a column about unusual people and places.
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