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N. Arizona man accused of biting hospital worker

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- A Prescott Valley man is facing felony charges after allegedly biting a hospital worker.

Prescott Valley police said James Michael Whalen, 31, is being held on suspicion of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Police said Whalen was taken into custody Wednesday night after officers responded to a fight in progress.

Whalen reportedly was growling and trying to kick police officers.

He was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus by ambulance because authorities believed Whalen may be under the influence of drugs.

While at the hospital, police said Whalen remained combative and bit a male staffer on the wrist. The hospital worker was treated for a minor injury.

Police said Whalen eventually was released from the hospital and booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde.

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