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Aug 12, 2010 2:38 PM by Greg Boyce

Inmate eats eye glasses

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota inmate was not afraid of making a spectacle of himself when he grabbed another suspect's glasses and started to eat them.

Burleigh County Sheriff's Maj. Les Witkowski says the 42-year-old inmate at the county detention center became frustrated Aug. 1 when he was not able to talk to the chaplain, so he swallowed both lenses and a piece of the metal frame. He had been booked on an aggravated assault charge just five hours earlier.

Witkowski says the inmate was taken to a hospital emergency room but was returned to jail after doctors determined he was OK. The glasses were worth $250.Authorities are considering a criminal mischief charge against him. Assistant State's Attorney Lloyd Suhr says he'll be looking into the incident.

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