A Daytona Beach man was arrested Saturday after allegedly biting and fighting with Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood. The Charging Affidavit in the case says that 43-year old Michael A. Dangelo flagged down Chief Chitwood Saturday afternoon shortly before 6 in the 400 block of Main Street during Bike Week. The report says Dangelo told the Chief “…that it was his constitutional right to kill any cop that he thought was bad.” Chief Chitwood then walked away from the man, and the report says Dangelo “…spit on the back of [the] Chief’s shirt.” The report says Chief Chitwood then told Dangelo he was under arrest and proceeded to take Dangelo into custody. The report says Chief Chitwood was injured when he “…went to reach for the defendant’s hand [and] the defendant turned his head to the side and bit down on Chief Chitwood’s [right] pointer finger.” The report says Dangelo “…did not loosen his bite and Chief Chitwood and [Dangelo] began to struggle….” During the struggle, police say Chief Chitwood fell and hit the right side of his head on a parked motorcycle “…causing a deep laceration.” Witnesses then assisted in securing Dangelo while other officers arrived on the scene. Chief Chitwood was treated and released at Halifax Hospital. He suffered a broken hand, broken finger, “…deep lacerations to the [right] finger and a large laceration to the right side of his forehead.” A picture on the Daytona Beach News Journal website Monday by David W. Scalf Junior, showed Chief Chitwood speaking with Dangelo after the incident along the Main Street curb. The Chief’s white golf shirt, with “Police” lettered across the back, is largely bloodied on the right sleeve, and a right finger is bandaged.
Dangelo was charged with Aggravated Battery on a Law-Enforcement Officer, Resisting an Officer with Violence and Breach of Peace/Disorderly Conduct.
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