SARASOTA, FL – March 23, 2018 – 11:45 a.m.
At approximately 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018, Sarasota Police Officers responded to the 1700 block of Gore Court, Sarasota, to assist Sarasota County Emergency Services will an ill and violent patient.
When Officers arrived, Chad Washington, who had an active felony warrant for failure to appear, opened the door, saw Officers and attempted to slam the door in their face. Officers were able to push the door open at which time Washington punched one of the Officers in the face and punched another Officer in the arm.
At the time, Washington was under the influence of narcotics and was in an “excited delirium” state of mind. Washington did not respond to any type of compliance. He was extremely uncooperative and was actively punching, kicking and biting Officers. In addition to punching Officers, Washington bit an Officer’s upper thigh.
After several minutes of fighting with Washington, additional Officers arrived on scene and were able to subdue him. Washington was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Washington was medically cleared from the hospital and transported to the Sarasota County Jail.
Through their investigation, Officers learned Washington was in possession of MDMA and Officers believe Washington was under the influence of spice.
“We want this to serve is a reminder to our community that no one should take illegal drugs, including spice, said Chief Bernadette DiPino, “Spice is a synthetic drug made in a laboratory that can cause individuals to be violent and disorientated. If you see someone acting this way, please call law enforcement immediately.”
Washington, 35, of 5827 5th Street, Bradenton, has been charged with three counts of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (felony) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony).
The Officer who was punched in the face and bitten was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and released. The other Officer who was punched in the arm was treated and released on scene by EMS.