A homeless North Miami Beach man under the influence of drugs was arrested after police say he became disorderly and then growled and tried to bite an officer.
Brandon De Leon, 21, was arrested Saturday and faces charges including disorderly conduct and resisting an officer with violence, according to online arrest records. He remains in jail and is being held on $5,500 bond.
North Miami Beach Police said De Leon slammed his head repeatedly against the plexiglass of a police car and told the officer “I’m going to eat you.” While being treated for his self-inflicted abrasions, De Leon began to act like an animal and “launched to bite” an officer closest to him, an incident report said.
“Brandon growled and opened and closed his jaw, slamming his teeth like an animal would,” the report said. He also barked and growled inside of a cell.
In bond court De Leon told the judge he did not remember the incident.
"If I can say something your honor, I have no recollection of anything that happened that night," he said.
De Leon and 33-year-old Brian Yerdon, also of North Miami Beach, were arrested at a Boston Market after the two began disturbing customers. De Leon then proceeded to tell officers “F--- you,” and showed them his middle finger, according to the incident report.
While De Leon and Yerdon were being placed under arrest, De Leon began resisting, and “tensed his body and clenched his fists,” the report said.
De Leon was transported to Aventura Hospital for treatment where his blood test revealed the presence of cannabis and Xanax, and an alcohol level of .29. It was later discovered he was also under the influence of Mephedrone, or Cloud 9, a psychoactive drug that produces emotional and social effects similar to ecstasy, according to authorities.
Police warn the narcotic has a stimulant effect on the central nervous system that can be addicting. Symptoms include excessive sweating, headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, hallucinations, paranoia and erratic behavior.
It was not immediately known if De Leon has an attorney.