There's been a lot of human-on-human biting in the news lately. And while this story out of Eastern Washington doesn't come close to matching the bath-salts fueled cannibalism that's sweeping the nation, it's pretty interesting (read: humorous) nonetheless ... unless you're the guy who got gnawed, or, I suppose, the patient headed to Eastern State psychiatric hospital who freaked out and wound up on the wrong end of a police Taser.
According to KXLY, Clarkston Fire paramedics were transporting 41-year-old Jason M. Hundrup from Tri-State Memorial Hospital to Eastern State Hospital at approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning when things took a decided turn for the bizarre. As the report notes, "the patient became agitated and assaulted the ambulance driver about 11 miles north of Colfax."
That was just the start.
[Hundrup] broke free from his restraints pushed his way into the cabin and tried to grab the steering wheel. He then bit the driver's hand, specifically the ring finger. The driver stopped the vehicle so the other responder could open the back of the ambulance and pull Hundrup off of the driver.
Hundrup immediately ran away to a nearby farmhouse on Klaveano Road where he allegedly threw a rock through a window and fled into a nearby field. Regional law enforcement agents from Colfax Police, Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol were called to respond to the area where they found Hundrup shortly after, hiding under a bridge near Klaveano and Ragon Road.
For those playing at home, it was at this point that authorities busted out the Taser, using it to subdue Hundrup and take him into custody. Hundrup was subsequently booked into Whitman County Jail on third-degree assault charges and two counts of malicious mischief.
As for the driver of the ambulance and his bitten ring finger, KXLY notes he was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. Clarkston Fire Chief Steve Cooper tells KXLY that he'll be OK, though some follow up treatment will be necessary.
Cooper added that in his 35 years of experience he's never seen anything quite like this.