WORCESTER - A Hooper Street man allegedly bit a police officer in a struggle stemming from a motor vehicle stop Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Brandon Carrion, 19, of 25 Hooper St., allegedly bit the officer, identified in court records as Nicholas DeProspo, with enough force to break the skin on his right forearm. The officer was later taken to the hospital, police said.

According to police, Officer DeProspo was patrolling downtown around 1:15 p.m. when he saw a brown Ford Escape driven by Mr. Carrion. The officer knew Mr. Carrion did not have a valid driver's license, and pulled the vehicle over on Church Street. As he approached, he saw Mr. Carrion reach across and climb out of the passenger side window, according to police.

Police said Mr. Carrion started to run away, but the officer caught up to him.

As Officer DeProspo had Mr. Carrion on the ground, Mr. Carrion allegedly bit the officer. When the officer pulled his arm out of Mr. Carrion's mouth, he got up and continued running toward Front Street, police said. He was eventually apprehended on the second floor of the Union Station parking garage by an officer working a detail at Union Station.

Mr. Carrion was arrested, and the Ford was towed. He was charged with driving with a suspended license; resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; and assault and battery on a police officer.

Mr. Carrion was released from custody on personal recognizance later Tuesday after posting a $40 bail fee, according to court records. Because of a judges' conference, he is not scheduled to be arraigned in Central District Court until Monday.

According to a statement of facts filed in court by Officer DeProspo, blood was drawn from him and tested after he was taken to the hospital, and Mr. Carrion also consented to go to the hospital to have his blood drawn.

Gary Murray of the Telegram staff contributed to this story.