A Bellefonte man is in custody, accused of assaulting a police officer Saturday night, according to Spring Township police.
At about 9:45 p.m., a police officer in his squad car saw William Tipton, 21, “stumbling back and forth” near the intersection of Harrison Road and East College Avenue in Pleasant Gap, according to the criminal complaint.
The man appeared to be under the influence, police said, and the officer, Keifer Bathgate, went to check on him.
As Bathgate pulled alongside Tipton, he began to walk faster and the officer got out of the vehicle and asked him to stop, police said.
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Tipton then ran, police said, and Bathgate called for backup and told Tipton he would be tased if he did not stop, according to the criminal complaint.
Tipton did not stop and Bathgate used the stun gun on him, to little effect, police said. The officer caught up to Tipton and tried to control him, but Tipton resisted and punched him in the face and chest and kicked him in the leg.
The officer was concerned that Tipton may have had a weapon. At one point, Tipton grabbed the officer’s belt near his firearm, so Bathgate drew the weapon and told Tipton to get down.
When Tipton again ran, he reholstered the weapon, according to the complaint and chased Tipton on foot before Bellefonte police arrived to provide backup, police said.
One of the other officers then successfully subdued Tipton with a stun gun, according to the complaint.
Bathgate and Tipton were taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for minor injuries and released, according to a press release. Tipton was then taken to Centre County Correctional Facility.
He is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, harassment, criminal mischief and providing false identification to police, according to court documents.
Tipton repeatedly told police his name was “Ranger Koltov” on the scene and at the hospital, according to the criminal complaint. Tipton had a warrant out for his arrest for a probation violation, the release said.
He is being held on $50,000 cash bail, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 31.
The officer will be back on duty this week, Spring Township police Chief Michael Danneker said.
“He’s good to go,” Denneker said. “He just got banged up a little bit.”