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Police Say Man Assaulted Fish and Boat Officers

by on April 17, 2017 3:02 PM

A man is facing multiple charges after police say he resisted arrest and assaulted two Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission conservation officers.

According to a criminal complaint, Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday to the Spring Creek Canyon access on Spring Creek Road in Benner Township where the two conservation officers said they had observed a man, later identified as Terrance S. Reese, 26, sitting on a tree stump near the creek with his head between his legs.

The conservation officers told police they determined Reese was under the influence of a suspected controlled substance because he was slurring his speech and didn’t know where he was. The officers reportedly called for an ambulance and asked Reese for identification. Reese allegedly said he did not have identification and provided a different name and two different dates of birth.

Police said that when the officers told Reese to empty his pockets he ran away. After ordering Reese to stop multiple times, one officer eventually caught him and tackled him to the ground.

According to the complaint, Reese resisted arrest by wrestling on the ground with both officers and refusing orders to put his hands behind his back. Reese then allegedly struck, kicked at and attempted to bite both officers.

The conservation officers said they ordered him to stop resisting and used mace on Reese multiple times to no avail. While the officers were attempting to handcuff him, Reese allegedly grabbed a can of mace that was on the ground and attempted to use it on the officers. One of the officers took it away from him before he could use it, police said. After several minutes, Reese was finally handcuffed.

Both officers sustained bruises, cuts, scratches and abrasions and one had a sprained right hand, according to the complaint. Both were treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center and released.

Police said that upon searching Reese they found in separate baggies substances that later tested positive for pseudoephedrine and marijuana and another baggie with “an unknown grayish rock object,” for which a test was inconclusive. They also allegedly found white powder that tested positive for cocaine rolled in a dollar bill, a spoon with white residue, a package of small plastic baggies and two used hypodermic needles.

Reese was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center and police were informed that he had tested positive for methamphetamine, ecstasy, opiates, cocaine and marijuana.

Reese, who has no fixed address, was charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault, resisting arrest, false identification to law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned on Saturday before District Judge Steven Lachman, and straight bail was set at $75,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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