Agitated man spits on Saanich cop, attempts to bite another

A Saanich man attempted to bite a police officer and then spat in the face of another after he instigated two public drunken disturbances

A Saanich man attempted to bite a police officer and then spat in the face of another after he instigated two public drunken disturbances in a span of two hours.

Sidney North Saanich RCMP first responded to the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney around 1 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 2) after a fight broke out at a wedding reception. The 28-year-old Saanich man was identified as being involved.

Just as RCMP were beginning their investigation, a vehicle pulled up,  the man jumped in and left the scene. He left, in RCMP possession, his photo identification and cellphone.

Police quickly learned the man had active bail conditions prohibiting him from consuming alcohol.

Around 2 a.m., the man’s father called Saanich police and reported his son was drunk and out of control, according to Sgt. Scott Treble.

Police attended the home on Jagdeep Place and found the young man “highly agitated.”

Treble said he resisted arrest, and attempted to bite one officer twice.

“After being handcuffed he spat directly into the face and eyes of another officer,” Treble said.

The 28-year-old was held overnight. He faces charges of assaulting a police officer and breaching bail conditions.

Neither of the officers involved in the arrest were injured.

kslavin@saanichnews.com