Armed naked man charged with biting


A Bullard man who was the subject of a strange arrest situation in March was indicted by a jury on one charge last week.

The suspect, identified as Justin Carsten, 22, of Bullard, was indicted by the jury on Thursday, June 1, on one count of Assault on a Public Servant after he allegedly bit a deputy with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office who was attempting to restrain Carsten.

At approximately 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, deputies responded to a disturbance call in regard to a suspicious person who was acting strangely and was partially dressed in the roadway in the 16800 block of Deer Cove Road in Flint.

Deputies at the scene said that Carsten was under t he influence of some substance while standing in the roadway while completely naked and armed with a shovel.

According to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Carsten became aggressive when approached by deputies and was eventually tased, but the tasing had no effect, which led to deputies physically subduing him.

During his arrest, one of the deputies reported to have been bitten on the leg by Carsten. Both the suspect and the deputy were taken to the hospital and treated and released.

Previously, Carsten was charged with Theft of Property greater than $1,500 but less than $20,000 in Smith County in 2013, as well as arrests for Resisting Arrest, Search, or Transport in 2014, Theft of Property and Theft by Check exceeding $1,500 but less than $20,000 in 2014, and a charge of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in 2015.

Carsten remains in the Smith County Jail on bonds totaling $27,500.


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