KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A separatist calling himself a "sovereign Hebrew Israelite citizen" bit off the end of a Knoxville Police Department officer's thumb during a fight on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
KPD Officer Trey Lane was in surgery for his thumb as of 4:30 p.m., according to a police news release. A second officer, Tim Edwards, was taken to a hospital with a leg injury following the fight.
Alexander Ray Johnson, 29, of Knoxville, was driving an Acura MDX on Woodbine Avenue just after 1:15 p.m. when the officers pulled him over at Milligan Street for speeding, according to the release.
The car had no legal license plate — only a "Sovereign Hebrew" plate that purported to be issued by the "Royal Tribe of Judah," police said.
When the officers began arresting Johnson, he allegedly resisted and bit off the end of Lane's thumb.
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