Fight leads to ear biting, charges

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 18, 2011

By Shelley Smith
A Salisbury man was charged with felony maiming without malice after authorities say he bit part of his neighbor’s ear off during a fight in his front yard last week.
According to the report, Christopher Reid, 31, of 283 Wakefield Drive, bit the ear of Daniel Flowers, 33, of 2318 Fisher Road, Rockwell, during a fight because Flowers would not let go of him. Deputies were called to the fight at Reid’s home Jan. 13 around 6 p.m.
Reid told deputies Flowers was yelling at his wife earlier in the day and was also yelling at him.
Reid told deputies he told Flowers to be quiet, and he stopped.
Later, before 6 p.m., one of Reid’s children came inside and told him Flowers was harassing them and throwing ice at them, the report said, and Reid again asked Flowers to leave, and he did.
But he came back and the fight began.
Flowers was taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his ear injury, and authorities said it was likely he had surgery.
Flowers was charged on a criminal summons for two counts of simple assault and second-degree trespassing.
Reid was charged with felony maiming without malice and failure to appear on a Davidson County warrant. He was given a $1,500 secured bond.
Reid’s father, Tony, 56, and Christopher Reid were also charged with resist/obstruct/delay a law enforcement officer. Tony Reid was given a $500 secured bond.
The report said when deputies came to the home they saw Christopher Reid run into the home, but he was nowhere to be found inside, and Tony Reid denied his being there.
Tony Reid followed deputies around the home very closely, the report stated, and officers asked him to sit down, but he would not cooperate. When the deputies told Tony Reid that he could be charged if he didn’t cooperate, he told the deputies to take him to jail. He was handcuffed and placed in the patrol car, and deputies were allowed to question Christopher Reid and Flowers.