Man sentenced in attack on police officer

William Tipton
William Tipton

A man accused of punching and kicking a Spring Township police officer last year was sentenced Thursday to one to two years in state prison by President Judge Thomas King Kistler.

William Tipton Jr., 21, was arrested Dec. 14 in Pleasant Gap after he reportedly ran from and attacked an officer, police said. The officer found Tipton “stumbling back and forth” at the intersection of Harrison Road and East College Avenue, police said.

The officer stopped to check on Tipton when Tipton ran from him, police said. The officer used a Taser on Tipton to little effect, and when he tried to take Tipton into custody, he punched the officer in the face and chest and kicked him in the leg, according to the criminal complaint.

Backup arrived and officers deployed a Taser a second time and Tipton was subdued, according to police.

Tipton and the officer were taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center with minor injuries afterward. The officer returned to duty later that week.

Tipton was 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. He reportedly had told police his name was “Ranger Koltov,” according to court documents. He has been held at Centre County Correctional Facility since December on $50,000 bail.

He entered a guilty plea March 24 to the aggravated assault, false identification and public drunkenness charges, according to court documents.

Tipton will serve an additional 18 to 36 months after his probation on a prior offense was revoked, for a total sentence of two and a half to five years.

The sentence handed down by Kistler also provided for consideration for the state motivational boot camp program after six months of incarceration. If he is accepted and completes the six-month program, Tipton could be released and serve the rest of his sentence on parole, said Richard Settgast, Tipton’s public defender.