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2 BBPD officers injured while making arrest

By Merab-Michal Favorite, Islander Reporter

Police arrested a Bradenton woman March 29 after she allegedly bit one Bradenton Beach Police officer and caused another to break his hand while placing her in custody.

Katlin Marie Pettigrew, 22, faces charges of resisting arrest with violence, disorderly intoxication and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer after her alleged erratic behavior sent the officers to the emergency room.

Around 11 p.m., BBPD responded to reports of a fight in the 100 block of Bridge Street.

When officers arrived, about 50-75 people were standing in front of Sports Lounge observing a verbal altercation between Pettigrew and a man, according to the police report.

BBPD Sgt. James Gill reported he told Pettigrew to stop yelling and to sit on the curb so officers could assess the situation, but Pettigrew, who appeared intoxicated, acted aggressively toward Gill.

When he tried to restrain her, she swung her arms erratically and yelled obscenities, the report said.

At that point, Officer John Tsakiri aided Gill by grabbing Pettigrew’s other arm, and she bit his right bicep, according to the report.

The officers reported they took Pettigrew to the ground and put one handcuff on her, but had trouble placing the other cuff on her wrist because she was squirming.

At some point, Gill’s hand was broken.

Many spectators were taking video of the incident, the report said.

When the two officers tried to lift Pettigrew, she again began kicking and screaming and required further restraint before she could be placed in the patrol car.

West Manatee Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Service were called to treat Tsakiri’s bite. However, while medics were treating him, Pettigrew escaped from one handcuff and smashed her head against the window of the patrol car.

Pettigrew was pepper-sprayed and re-cuffed, the report said.

She was treated by EMS for a facial laceration.

After Pettigrew was controlled, Tsakiri noticed abrasions to his knee and that the sole of his shoe had been ripped off.

Witnesses told police that Pettigrew bit at least two other people inside the bar and also punched several people.

EMS transported both officers and Pettigrew to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

During the trip, Pettigrew said she had been celebrating because she got a new job.

She was cleared of any injuries and was taken to the Manatee County jail where she remained on $8,620 bond. Her arraignment will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, April 25, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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