PORTLAND — Portland police have charged a man with aggravated assault, saying he bit off the tip of his drinking buddy’s nose and a substantial part of his lower lip.

Officers were called to the Travel Lodge at 1200 Brighton Ave. at 1:40 a.m. Saturday where they found Brian Oliver, 36, covered in blood.

Oliver told them that he and Michael Nickles, 35, both transient and long-time acquaintances, had rented a room at the motel and had been drinking when they got into a fight. Nickles, he said, climbed on top of him and started biting.

Officers looked in the window of the first-floor room and saw Nickles lying on the floor, also covered in blood. He was charged with felony assault and is being held in Cumberland Count Jail.