COLUMBIA — A 32-year-old Boonville man was charged with recklessly risking infection of a person with HIV after biting a police officer, Columbia police said.
At about 11 p.m. Thursday, a store clerk at I-70 Eagle Stop, 1704 N. Providence Road, called Columbia police after he saw a man sitting in a car in the parking lot for a half hour, Columbia police Sgt. Lloyd Simons said.
The driver, Paul A. Suchdolski, drove away when police arrived, Simons said. When police caught up with him, the man fought the officers, biting one and kicking another, Simons said. The officer who was bitten was treated and released from University Hospital, Simons said.
After arresting the man, Simons said officers found cocaine in his car.
The Boone County Prosecutor’s office charged Suchdolski Friday with resisting arrest, recklessly risking infection of someone else with HIV, which is a charge used when a person knows they are infected with HIV, and possession of a controlled substance, according to Missouri Case.net.
Suchdolski has previously pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, assaulting a law enforcement officer, driving while intoxicated, stealing motor fuel and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to Boone County court records.
He is also awaiting trial on charges including theft and driving with a revoked or suspended license.
Suchdolski was being held in the Boone County Jail on Saturday morning on a $25,151.50 bond.