Scranton man may face charges for scuffle with State College police

mcarroll@centredaily.comOctober 23, 2013 

A 19-year-old man charged with injuring a State College police officer while resisting arrest opted to forgo his first opportunity to answer to the charges and now faces possible trial in the case.

Brandon Bednash, of Scranton, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday on felony aggravated assault and escape charges and misdemeanor counts including simple assault, resisting arrest and giving false identification to police.

Police said that Bednash was being questioned after allegedly urinating in public when he knocked an officer to the ground and dragged her into the street on the 100 block of South Atherton Street while trying to escape.

The incident happened in the hours after the Penn State homecoming football game.

The officer was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center after the scuffle and suffered a possible elbow fracture and other injuries.

Investigators found Bednash’s name on papers inside his backpack, which he left behind during the scuffle. The officer was able to identify him in a lineup.

Bednash remains free on $150,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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