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Police: Man Causing Disturbance At Bus Terminal Tried To Escape In River

December 17, 2018

A Carbondale man who fought a Scranton police officer for questioning him about loud, vulgar music he played at a crowded bus terminal tried to escape arrest this morning by jumping in the Lackawanna River, police said.

Despite the effort, Michael Tuthill, 20, 33 Pike St., ended up cold, wet and in custody.

Patrolman Gary McPhillips worked extra duty this morning at intermodal transit center on Lackawanna Avenue and stood near the counter when Tuthill left the bathroom shortly before noon playing a loud song with profane lyrics.

McPhillips asked Tuthill to turn the volume down. Tuthill did, but only a little. McPhillips tried to escort Tuthill to the door, according to a criminal complaint.

Tuthill turned around and said McPhillips was harassing him. Tuthill refused to hand over his identification and McPhillips tried to put him under arrest for disorderly conduct.

The pair struggled dropped his handcuffs but got him against the wall using a stun gun, according to the complaint.

McPhillips called for help and Tuthill took off running across Lackawanna Avenue and down an embankment heading toward the river. McPhillips lost sight of him.

Another officer on the bridge above the Lackawanna River radioed in that Tuthill was in the water floating back to Lackawanna Avenue, where police took him into custody.

In addition to disorderly conduct, police charged him with resisting arrest.

Tuthill jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 26.

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