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Charges dropped against man police said bit an officer

Police say man damaged equipment inside squad car

MONONA, Wis. - A suspected drunken driver accused of resisted arrest and biting a police officer had some charges against him dismissed.

Madison police requested a Monona police officer check an address in the 4400 block of Wallace Avenue in Monona for a hit-and-run suspect and vehicle at 6 p.m. on Oct. 22.

A Monona police officer saw the suspect car traveling down the 4700 block of Wallace Avenue and made a traffic stop on the car.

The driver, Anthony J. Celley, 30, got out of the car, refused to follow the officer's commands and a physical struggle ensued, according to a Monona Police Department news release.

The officer was alone at the time and requested aid. Several local police officers responded and Celley continued to physically resist, according to the news release.

Celley was handcuffed and placed in a squad car, where he caused damaged to equipment, police said.

While enroute to the jail, Celley needed to be re-secured to avoid further damage and harm to himself, and at that time he bit an officer at the scene, according to police.

Monona police said Celley was arrested on charges of fourth offense operating while intoxicated, battery to an officer, resisting arrest and criminal damage to property.

Celley pleaded guilty to bail jumping and disorderly conduct March 1. Charges of criminal damage to property, resisting an officer and battery to an officer were dismissed.

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