Brookville Man Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct in Assault Against Borough Police


BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A 28-year-old man accused of assaulting a Pennsylvania State Trooper during an incident at a Brookville Borough bar earlier this summer recently pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

According to court documents, the Brookville Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 28-year-old, Garland Landus Harris III, of Brookville, after a bar incident in June.

Harris pleaded guilty to a summary charge of Disorderly Conduct, Engage in Fighting.

Charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest were withdrawn.

Harris was ordered to pay fines and costs.

Case Details

According to a criminal complaint, around 9:46 p.m. on June 28, Brookville Borough Police Officer Miller was dispatched to a bar on Progress Street for a report of an intoxicated man.

The complaint indicates that when Officer Miller attempted to get information from the intoxicated man, he would only state that his name was Garland.

Punxsutawney-based State Police arrived on the scene, and officers attempted to get tHarris to place his hands behind his back, but he failed to comply.

The man – later identified as Garland Harris – was tasered after several commands were ignored. Harris then complied and put his hands behind his back.

He was searched while on the ground. A small, black knife was discovered in his right pants’ pocket, and a pack of cigarettes, his wallet, and a cell phone in another pocket, the complaint states.

Harris continued to resist officers. He wouldn’t stand up on his own and stated that he was dizzy, the complaint indicates.

During the altercation, a trooper on scene suffered an injury to his elbow.

Jefferson County EMS was summoned to the scene to evaluate Harris, and upon arrival, Harris would not cooperate with the EMTs.

Officer Miller spoke with the bartender who stated that Harris had been in the bar since approximately 5 p.m., and that he had been walking in and out of the bar. The bartender stated that “Harris said he was seeing demons,” and that he was making a scene.

Another witness “observed Harris urinating outside, was highly intoxicated, was doing weird stuff, and was even observed lying on the floor at one point in time,” the complaint continues.

With the help of State Police Troopers, Officer Miller placed Harris into the backseat of the patrol car. He was transported to Brookville Hospital for evaluation.

He continued to be disorderly and uncooperative at the hospital. Harris did finally consent to give blood. He was also x-rayed at the hospital, as he had a small bruise and redness to his forehead above his right eye, according to the complaint.

After being cleared by the hospital staff, Harris was transported to the Jefferson County Jail, the complaint indicates.


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