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Man charged with assaulting State College police officer

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A Scranton man facing more than 10 years in a state prison for assaulting a State College police officer faced a judge Thursday.

Police said this started off as a minor offense, but quickly turned very serious when the man allegedly fought with the officer while trying to run away.

Brandon Bednash, 19, is charged with three felony counts, including aggravated assault and seven misdemeanor charges.

Police said it happened around 10:15 p.m. Saturday after the big Penn State vs. Michigan game.

Court documents show an officer directing traffic stopped Bednash for public urination.

Police said when she asked for ID, he tried to run away. Documents say the officer grabbed onto his backpack and during a struggle they both fell to the ground.

Lt. Keith Robb with the State College Police Department said Bednash then got up and ran, dragging the officer into the middle of Atherton Street.

"I do believe the intent was to get away which included assaulting the officer," said Robb.

Robb said civilians on the street witnessed the ordeal.

"There were pedestrians who came to officers aid, helped her out of the street and tended to her unit backup could arrive," he said.

The officer was able to hold onto the backpack. According to documents inside, police found alcohol and documents belonging to Bednash.

The officer identified him through a photo line-up.

Robb said Bednash turned himself in to authorities on Thursday.

"It's always upsetting we are outnumbered, as it is the only thing that protects us is the law," Robb said.

Official said the officer hurt her knees and an elbow during the scuffle. She is recovering.

Bednash was released on $150,000 unsecured bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times