Derry Township man jailed after biting trooper during scuffle |

Derry Township man jailed after biting trooper during scuffle

A 32-year-old Derry Township man was jailed Monday on charges of scuffling with two state troopers Sunday, requiring one to be treated at a hospital for a bite injury.

Michael P. James was ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $10,000 bail set by Derry District Judge Mark Bilik on two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault filed by state police in Greensburg.

Trooper Ray Andrekanic said police were summoned to James’ home at 123 Briar Lane about 6:30 p.m. for reports of a disturbance.

When troopers Daniel Fagan and Anthony Arbaczewski arrived, James was combative, first striking Fagan in the face and then kicking Arbaczewski in the legs, Andrekanic reported.

Police allege that James bit Fagan’s left index finger. Arbaczewski had to use a Taser to subdue James, police said.

Fagan was treated and released from Excela Health Westmoreland hospital in Greensburg, Andrekanic reported.

James’ preliminary hearing is scheduled Nov. 26 before Bilik.

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