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      Hannibal man bites police officer

      According to a press release, officers recognized 29-year-old John A. Dickerman, of Hannibal, but he gave them a false identity.

      A Hannibal man is behind bars after biting a police officer's leg during his arrest Wednesday, police say.

      Officers were called to a home in the 1200 block of Center Street Wednesday night to look into possible drug activity.

      According to a press release, officers recognized 29-year-old John A. Dickerman, of Hannibal, but he gave them a false identity.

      Police say Dickerman was arrested for giving false information and for an active warrant.

      Officers moved to put Dickerman into a patrol car when he became combative, resisted arrest and was taken to the ground, according to the news release. The release further explained that while he was on the ground, he bit an officer on the leg and refused to let go. Officers had to forcibly remove him.

      Dickerman was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and an active Illinois warrant for driving while revoked. He was released to the Marion County Jail pending warrants.

      The police officer was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for the leg injury and was released. He will have to undergo follow up treatment for potential exposure to blood pathogens.