Man who bit police officer sent to prison

Harley David Coleman, 21, pleaded guilty to several charges, including robbery, assaulting a police officer and being unlawfully at large

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 28, 2014
Prince Edward Island provincial court
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An Island man who bit a police officer who was trying to arrest him after he threatened a taxi driver with a needle will be going to prison after he was sentenced Tuesday in provincial court.

Harley David Coleman, 21, pleaded guilty to several charges, including robbery, assaulting a police officer and being unlawfully at large.

He was sentenced to two years in prison, which means he will be serving time off-Island.

Coleman was charged in January after the police received a complaint that a man tried to steal an Xbox from a house on Turtle Lane.

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As he was leaving the scene, Coleman used a needle to threaten to rob a taxi driver.

While the police were attempting to arrest him, Coleman bit one of the officers on the hand.

Coleman was sentenced to two years in prison for robbery, six months for assaulting a police officer and three months for breaching the conditions of an undertaking.

He was also sentenced to serve three months for being unlawfully at large and one month for a breach of probation.

All of the sentences are to be served concurrently.