Inmate accused of biting Portland corrections officer

Posted Nov. 21, 2009, at 1:13 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Authorities say a Cumberland County jail inmate was subdued with a Taser after he bit a corrections officer and refused to let go.

Sheriff Mark Dion said corrections Officer Mary Sorrells was taking 38-year-old Shawn McFarlin back to his cell after a court appearance Friday when he bit her.

Another officer used his Taser on McFarlin to make him stop biting.

McFarlin, who is from Indiana, was being held on theft charges.

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