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Mental evaluation sought for man in biting case

A man who allegedly bit a deputy during an Oct. 12 struggle in the jail was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation at Lakes Crossing in Sparks.

Joaquin Romero, 24, was scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday.

Romero was originally in custody after he allegedly admitted to pushing his mother on Oct. 4 at the home they shared in Sunridge.

Attorney Matthew Ence filed paperwork seeking the evaluation to determine whether Romero was competent to stand trial on several felonies stemming from the Oct. 12 fight.

Romero's evaluation is expected to be complete by Nov. 30.

The Douglas County District Attorney's Office asked that the original domestic battery charge be dismissed.

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"Keep doing what you are doing and stay out of trouble, if you get another DUI you will go to prison and it will be considered a felony and that 40 days you did before will seem like cake."

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