Numerous stun gun tries needed to subdue man charged in Autoport incident

A Pleasant Gap man was arrested early Monday after fighting with bar staff and State College police.

Police received a call at about 2:15 a.m. for a disturbance at the Autoport Motel on South Atherton Street, police said. A man, identified at Anthony Williams, 39, had gotten into a dispute with his girlfriend when he allegedly pushed her to the ground.

Bar staff tried to intervene when they too were allegedly shoved down by Williams, police said. Three officers arrived at the scene when Williams allegedly charged at the officers.

A Taser was deployed to no effect, police said. A fourth officer arrived at the scene and deployed a second Taser, allowing officers to handcuff Williams. A fifth officer and a third Taser deployment was needed to subdue the suspect before EMS arrived and sedated Williams.

He was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for evaluation, police said.

Williams was later arraigned before Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker and was charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, harassment, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to court documents. Bail was set at $75,000. He is awaiting a preliminary hearing.