Crime

Ferguson Township man accused of trying to fight officers

A Ferguson Township man was jailed after allegedly threatening to fight a bartender and police officers Sunday evening.

According to Ferguson Township police, officers were called at about 7:20 p.m. to Champs Sports Bar and Grill along North Atherton Street for a report of a disorderly person refusing to leave the restaurant. Officers were advised that the person had been threatening the bartender.

The officers arrived outside the establishment, where an employee pointed out a man walking away from the scene, police said. Officers stopped the man and he was identified as William M. Martin, 59.

Martin allegedly attempted to pull away from officers and continue to try to walk away, police said, and was observed to have an odor of alcohol on him and slurred speech. Martin reportedly threatened to fight officers several times and continued to resist when being put into a police vehicle.

He was uncooperative when asked questions and continued to insult officers, police said, and refused an evaluation when EMS arrived.

Officers spoke with the bartender, who reported Martin had appeared visibly intoxicated at the bar, police said. Other bartenders were advised not to serve him anymore.

When he was told he wouldn’t be served, Martin began swearing at the bartender, police said. He reportedly refused to leave and continued to challenge the bartender until he finally left.

Martin was arraigned Monday before District Judge Carmine Prestia, according to court documents, and charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and a summary charge of public drunkenness. Straight monetary bail was set at $10,000 and he was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 3.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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