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N.H. Man Pleads Not Guilty to Biting Officer

Feb. 01--DOVER -- A Somersworth man arrested earlier this month was arraigned in Dover Circuit Court Monday morning, and pleaded not guilty to allegedly assaulting a police officer. 

Dylan Frost, a 19-year-old resident of Somersworth, was arrested on New Year's Eve after he allegedly bit the arm of a police officer who was attempting to arrest him.

Police had responded to 22 East St. on New Year's Eve for an unrelated call when they learned that one of the individuals present, Frost, had an active bench warrant for his arrest out of Rochester Circuit Court after failing to appear for a hearing.

Capt. Bill Breault had told Foster's that Frost struggled with the officers, refusing to submit to arrest. Once officers were able to get Frost to the ground to handcuff him, he reportedly bit the bicep of one of the officers who was restraining him.

Frost was arrested and charged with simple assault and resisting arrest or detention, but soon posted $250 personal recognizance cash bail.

During his arraignment at Dover Circuit Court on Monday morning, Frost plead not guilty. He was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled for trial on March 19.

Also arrested during the New Year's Eve incident was 30-year-old Michelle Bettcher, who was accused of repeatedly positioning herself between Frost and the officers. She was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension and disorderly conduct.

Bettcher appeared Monday morning in Dover Circuit Court as well and also plead not guilty. She, too, was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in court on April 9.

Copyright 2012 - Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, N.H.