Man Charged With Trying To Bite Scranton Police Sergeant, Fighting With Officers

April 12, 2018

A Pottsville man tried to bite a city police sergeant and fought with officers as police arrested him outside a South Side motel Wednesday night, according to police.

John Myers, 34, 1108 W. Norwegian St., is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, drug counts related to meth possession and related offenses. Officers with the Street Crimes Units patrolling the parking lot of the Econo Lodge, 1175 Kane St., saw Myers and asked him if he was staying there. Myers said he was. Police smelled alcohol on Myers and he appeared to be under the influence of drugs, according to court documents.

When officers asked for identification, Myers walked to a parked car, opened the door, threw a pocket knife inside and put his hands by his waist, police said.

He became angry when officers told him they were going to pat him down to make sure he wasn’t armed. Police feared Myers had a weapon and tried to handcuff him. Myers pushed police and fought harder before officers tackled him. While on the ground, Myers tried to bite Sgt. James Sheerin and continued to struggle before police subdued him with a Taser, according to court documents.

Officers found a plastic bag holding one gram of crystal methamphetamine in Myers’ wallet and four pipes containing meth residue in his pockets, police said.

Bail and preliminary hearing information for Myers was not available late Wednesday night.

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