PORTLAND, Maine — A transient is facing a felony charge after he bit off part of another man’s nose during a drunken argument early Saturday, police said Monday.

Officers were dispatched to the Travelodge motel on Brighton Avenue for a reported assault at 1:40 a.m., Lt. Scott Pelletier said, and a knock on the door produced no answer.

However, when police peered in a window and noticed a bloodied Michael Nickles, 35, lying on the floor, officers obtained a master key and entered the room, according to Pelletier.

When officers entered, they found a bloodied Brian Oliver, 36, also a transient, and observed that part of Oliver’s nose was missing along with part of his lower lip, Pelletier said. He told police that he and Nickles had been drinking in the motel room.

The men engaged in an argument during the course of the evening, and Nickles pounced on Oliver and bit him several times, Pelletier said.

Nickles, who had no injuries, was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated assault while Oliver was treated for his injuries at Maine Medical Center and released, Pelletier said.

Nickles is being held at the Cumberland County Jail.

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