Man charged with assault

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 07, 2009 7:30 AM

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Police arrested an Iowa City man after he allegedly bit a bar employee on the shoulder and back.

Meredyth Rice, 22, 831 E. Jefferson St., was charged with assault causing bodily injury.

According to reports, Rice was in the Union Bar, 121 E. College St. around 12:15 a.m. on Sunday.

The employees attempted to escort Rice out of the bar after he refused requests for him to leave, police said.

The victim said Rice then allegedly became violent and bit the bar employee on his shoulder and back, police said, leaving bite marks. The employee’s skin was swollen, bruised and individual teeth impressions were visible, police said.

Assault causing bodily injury is a serious misdemeanor and is generally punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,500 fine.

— by Marleen Linares

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