Former 49ers Lineman Kwame Harris Arrested, Attempted to Bite Officer's Hand: SFPD

A former 49ers and Raiders lineman tried to bite the hand of a San Francisco police officer who was trying to handcuff him, police say.

San Francisco police said they found Kwame Harris unconscious behind the wheel of his car with the engine running on Sunday night.

The incident was reported at 7:31 p.m. when officers were flagged down by a citizen at 14th Street and South Van Ness Avenue about a driver who might be in need of assistance.

When police tried to handcuff Harris, he tried to bite an officer's hand.

"The suspect did try to bite the officer's hand," San Francisco Police Spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said. "Thankfully the officer was not bitten."

Police said Harris was in an "altered mental state" and hit two parked cars prior to his arrest.

Police took Harris to a local hospital and later arrested him on suspicion of aggravated assault against a peace officer and hit-and-run. Police said he will also face a charge of resisting arrest.

Surveillance video from a nearby Audi dealership obtained by NBC Bay Area shows a man the business claims to be Harris making an illegal turn onto 14th Street. The video shows the driver staggering out of his car and running across the street toward the dealership.

The video shows the man back in his car when officers arrived on scene.

The suspected hit-and-run came earlier in the night when Harris is accused of crashing into a luxury car at Hyde and Broadway streets. The car Harris is suspected of hitting belonged to Par Hangi.

"My car was hit from the left rear side so he smashed it from the left rear end," Hangi said. "The car literally jumped onto the sidewalk."

Sunday's incident was not the first time Harris has had trouble with the law. In December 2013, Harris was sentenced to five days in jail for beating up his ex-boyfriend.

Harris was the 49ers first draft pick in 2003 and played five seasons for the team before signing with the Raiders. He left the NFL in 2008.

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