MAHANOY CITY, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Tamaqua man is now in custody after trying to fight with and disarm an officer out of Mahanoy City, according to police.
Police were called to the St. Luke’s Facility on West Center Street in Mahanoy City on Thursday just before 6:30 pm for reports of a male who was injured but was being combative. When police arrived they say Matthew Elison, 21, Tamaqua, was on the floor and smelled strongly of alcohol.
According to police, Elison approached the officer and fell into a nurse’s cart. He sat down, but then police say he charged toward them. The officer said he took Elison down by way of hip toss and while on the ground Elison was trying to grab the officer’s duty belt where his service weapon is stored.
Elison then tried to leg hook the officers, police say, in an attempt to continue to avoid arrest. The officer said he was eventually able to stop Elison and cuff him. While the police were running his name through dispatch, they found that Elison had a bench warrant out of the county’s detective office.
Police say Elison began to yell profanities loud enough for the staff and patients to hear, so they escorted him outside and brought him to the station. At the station, police say it was determined by EMS that Elison needed stitches on his pinky after punching a window earlier in the day.
Elison is charged with felony aggravated assault, felony disarming a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. Elison is being held at Schuylkill County Prison.