Philly Man Charged for Fighting with Park Rangers, Drug Possession Heads towards Trial
A Philadelphia man who was arrested and charged in March for assaulting a Bucks County Park Ranger at Silver Lake had his bail reduced and one charge dropped by prosecutors last week as his case moves forward to the Court of Common Pleas.
David Reinhardt, 49, was charged with single counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, and three related drug offenses appeared before District Judge Frank Peranteau, Sr. who held the charges over for trial at last weeks hearing in Bristol Borough District Court.
Prior to hearing the District Attorney’s office announced a single count of driving under the influence
According to the criminal complaint filed in March, two park rangers conducted a vehicle investigation of a blue Ford truck parked on the 600 block 2nd Avenue, which is a parking lot for Silver Lake, in Bristol.
In court records, investigators said Reinhardt lied about his identity, refused to cooperate with ranger commands.
He specifically and repeatedly said to the rangers they had no authority over him and could not arrest him.
The responding rangers after observing what they describe was a meth pipe in plain view commanded the suspect to shut off his truck and step out of it because he was under arrest. He refused, beginning to fight with rangers. Police officers from both
Bristol area police officers were dispatched to the scene assisted by wrestling the suspect to the ground placing him under arrest.
Court records show Reinhardt’s license was suspended at the time of the incident and Bucks County Sheriffs held an active arrest warrant for him connected drug related arrests in 2021 and 2022.
Reinhardt refused to take part in chemical testing, rangers said in court records.
The rangers testified at Wednesday’s hearing after that impounding his vehicle, they found heroin laced with fentanyl and a quantity of methamphetamine.
His bail was reduced to 10 percent of $15,000 however he has been unable to post as of Sunday, May 30.
Reinhardt is scheduled to appear for his formal arraignment at the Justice Center in Doylestown on June 24. He remains in custody at Bucks County Correctional Facility.