MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man faces multiple charges after Memphis Police say he strangled an officer and bit off a piece of his ear during a traffic stop.

According to Memphis Police, an officer spotted Johnson and a woman in a 2002 Ford F-150 in the area of National and Macon around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The tags on the vehicle came back for another car registered to a home on Panama Street.

The driver, later identified as Marcus Johnson, threw a brown leather pouch on the ground before the officer approached him. Jonhson then gave the officer vehicle information that came back to a female.

MPD said the officer tried to take Johnson into custody, but he started fighting.

He allegedly strangled the officer and bit off a piece of his right ear. He hit the officer several times in the face and stomach and, at one point, removed his holster, gaining access to his gun and taser.

A neighbor nearby said you could hear the officer screaming for help.

Eventually, the officer took Johnson into custody. He also took the leather pouch that had been dropped on the ground.

Marcus Johnson

The following items were found inside the pouch, according to reports:

  • Marijuana
  • Fentanyl
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy
  • Xanax

Both Johnson and the officer were taken to Baptist East for treatment. It was later discovered that Johnson’s license had been revoked and he had no proof of insurance.

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Marcus Johnson is charged with four counts of possession of a substance with intention to sell, criminal impersonation, attempted second-degree murder, resisting officials retention, driving while license suspended, violation of financial law, and violation of vehicle registration.

He is set to appear in court Wednesday morning.