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Deputies: Man High On Meth Bites Hillsborough County Deputy In Tampa

The man is in the hospital in critical condition. The deputy is expected to be okay, the agency said.

TAMPA, Fla. — A man running on a busy road in Tampa overnight became violent with deputies and bit one on the hand, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

It happened just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday on Causeway Boulevard west of 50th Street near the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the agency said. 

A spokesperson said deputies received calls about a man running on Causeway Boulevard. When they arrived they tried to get him off the road, but he led them on a chase, the sheriff’s office said. 

When deputies caught up to him, he became “physically violent” with them, biting one of the deputies on the hand several times, the agency said. 

The man was taken to the hospital where doctors say he had “several” drugs in his system, including meth, investigators say. He is currently listed in critical condition. 

The deputy was also taken to the hospital for treatment for her hand and arm, which was also injured during the altercation. She is expected to be okay, the spokesperson said. 

Investigators say Causeway Boulevard has been shut down for several hours but is expected to reopen within the next half hour.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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