Cops: Drunken Bristol Man Throws Shingles from Roof, Tasered, then Jailed
A Bristol man was charged with aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and relaed offenses for a drunken outburst that began on a borough businesses’ roof late Saturday night
According to probable cause, the drama began when police were dispatched to the Odd Logic Brewing Company on the 500 block of Bristol Pike for a report disorderly person who was highly intoxicated, Officer Kevin Dipaolo wrote in court paperwork.
The owner of the business said an unknown man was on top of the roof of a neighboring business ripping shingles off the roof.
Subsequently the suspect jumped down from the roof attempting to assault the brewery owner and was flipping tables, the probable cause alleges.
Police said they made contact with the suspect, identified as James Strassler, 24 of Bristol saying he couldn’t provide any of his personal information to police.
He just “rambled completely unaware of his surroundings” and was uncooperative when initially questioned, according to court records.
Strassler, while waiting for medics to arrive attempted to grab Dipaolo’s taser, and was ordered to sit down and not reach for the weapon again. Starssler ignored the directive reaching for officers taser a second time, this time however he grabbed hold of the weapon.
The officer regained control and deployed the taser with the suspect falling to the ground, said police.
After falling to the ground, Strassler rolled around, breaking the leads from the taser and additional “stuns” were used to try and bring the drunken man under control, court records show.
For a third time, the suspect grabbed the taser, with the officer quickly ripping it from his grip. Strassler then grabbed Dipaolo’s radio microphone, twisting it around his body as he continued to roll on the ground, the criminal filing alleges.
An unidentified off-duty police officer witnessed the incident and assisted police by trying to take Strassler into custody. Stassler continued to resist kicking kicking an on-duty officer called to the scene to assist.
Strassler was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Lisa J. Gaier, sent to Bucks County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $300,000.00 bail.
He is currently scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on April 20 at Bristol Borough District Court.