CLINTON -- Colin Wheeler was charged with mayhem Wednesday in 2nd District Court in Farmington after police say he bit off part of a man's ear and spit on an officer.
Wheeler, 31, of Clinton, was charged with mayhem, a second-degree felony, and propelling a substance at a peace officer, a class A misdemeanor.
He was arrested at 12:10 a.m. Sunday.
A Clinton police officer was dispatched to a Maverik station at 1036 W. 1800 North to find two men fighting each other. One of the men told the officer he was driving the other, Wheeler, home from a party in Riverdale, according to a probable cause statement.
The man went on to say that Wheeler assaulted him in his vehicle and he pulled in at the Maverik to get off the road. He added that Wheeler kept punching him and tried to take his keys, the statement reads.
Wheeler got hold of the keys, but other man kept a hold on Wheeler's jacket to keep him from leaving. That's when Wheeler bit part of the man's right ear off, according to the statement.
The officer noted in his report that he was missing a 2-inch-by-1/8-inch piece of his ear and was bleeding.
Wheeler admitted to the bite and told the officer he was defending himself, according to the statement.
The officer noted a strong smell of alcohol on Wheeler's breath. He told the officer that he was intoxicated and "did not feel right," according to the statement.
Wheeler was taken into custody. While driving Wheeler to the Davis County jail, the officer reported that his passenger "became very combative" and spit saliva through the vehicle's cage three times. The spit landed on the officer's right cheek.
The officer tried to pull over and close the glass window between him and the backseat. Wheeler began kicking a window and had to be restrained with a leg strap and spit hood, according to the statement.
He was then taken to the jail, where he was booked early Sunday morning.
If convicted on the mayhem charge, he could face one to 15 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. For the lesser charge, he could be sentenced to up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500.
Though Wheeler has not pleaded one way or another to the charges, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing during his initial court appearance on Wednesday, according to court documents.