An Auburn man was arrested on charges of felony obstruction after biting one Auburn police officer on the arm and punching another in the eye.
Police were called to the Auburn Waffle House after an employee noticed Robby Lee Knight, 32, of 2294 Shane Lane in Dacula, eyeing the cash drawer and acting suspiciously. The employee said Knight had been sitting on a stool in front of the register for approximately two hours. Knight was reportedly sweating profusely as well as jerking and twitching. The employee also said Knight had gone to the restroom several times and had returned smelling of chemicals.
When police arrived, they observed Knight for several minutes. During the period of observation, the officers noticed that Knight was avoiding eye contact with them and appeared to be hiding something under a nearby newspaper. The officers asked Knight to step outside for a moment and Knight complied.
The officers explained to Knight that they had been called to the restaurant because of his strange behavior. One of the officers asked when Knight had last used methamphetamine. Knight insisted he did not use methamphetamine and continued to put his hands in his pockets after being repeatedly told not to do so. When the officer reached for Knight to check him for weapons, Knight jerked away and ran.
After a short pursuit across the Waffle House parking lot, the officers captured Knight. One of the officers grabbed Knight around the chest while the other attempted to place Knight in an arm bar. During the struggle, Knight used his elbow to strike one of the officers in the eye. Knight also bit the other officer on the forearm causing a break in the skin.
While attempting to escape, Knight threw an object wrapped in napkins into the grass at the edge of the parking lot. After placing Knight in handcuffs, one of the officers retrieved the object and discovered it was a glass pipe containing what appeared to be methamphetamine residue. The officers also checked to see what Knight had been hiding under the newspaper inside the restaurant and discovered two small bags containing methamphetamine. Knight also had marijuana in one of his pockets.
Knight’s bag, which had been left inside Waffle House, was later discovered to contain six cell phones, two chargers, digital scales, marijuana and other items.
The officer who was bitten was sent to Barrow Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injury.
Knight was transported to the Barrow County Detention Center and charged with two counts of felony obstruction, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a drug related object, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, two counts of battery and criminal use of an article.
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