Man Found Passed Out on Bathroom Floor in DuBois Motel Accused of Attacking Police

DUBOIS, Pa. (EYT) – A man who was found passed out on a bathroom floor at a DuBois motel is facing charges for assaulting police.

Court documents indicate 51-year-old David Ciancaglione, of Creighton, was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick N. Ford at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17, on the following charges:

– Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause or causes Bodily Injury to designated individuals, Felony 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clearfield County Jail.

The charges stem from an incident that began at the DuBois Manor Motel on Thursday night.

According to a criminal complaint, DuBois City Police were dispatched to the DuBois Manor Motel on Liberty Boulevard around 9:02 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, to assist DuBois EMS with an intoxicated man who had passed out and then became hostile after regaining consciousness.

Police made contact with the man, who was lying on a bathroom floor and then had DuBois EMS check on him.

The man refused to answer any of the EMS personnel’s questions and was verbally abusive to both the ambulance crew and the officers. The EMS personnel then informed police the man would have to be transported to the hospital due to his extremely intoxicated state and the fact that he could not answer questions about his name or where he was. They requested that the officers follow them to the hospital because the man, identified as David Ciancaglione, was beginning to exhibit violent behavior, the complaint indicates.

At the Emergency Room, officers stood outside Ciancaglione’s room, and allegedly overheard him telling hospital staff to “f*** off.” He was then warned that he needed to calm down, or he would be arrested for disorderly conduct. Ciancaglione then reportedly told the officers to “f*** off.” He stood up off of his hospital bed and approached the doctor in an aggressive manner with his fists clenched. At that time, the doctor stated Ciancaglione was being released from the hospital, and he was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was then placed in a patrol vehicle, where he began hitting his head off of the metal bars in the back window, according to the complaint.

Ciancaglione was later placed in a holding cell while paperwork was being completed, during which time he yelled obscenities at the officers, and banged his head and feet off of the metal cell door, the complaint indicates.

When Ciancaglione was taken out of the cell to be transported to the Clearfield County Jail, he told the officers he needed to use a bathroom. He was advised that if he settled down, the handcuffs could be removed for him to use the bathroom, and he stated he was sorry for his behavior. His handcuffs were then removed, and he was permitted to use a bathroom. He was then asked to place his hands behind his back to have the handcuffs put back on. He told one of the officers to “f*** off,” and got into a bladed fighting stance and clenched his right fist, according to the complaint.

The officer then ordered Ciancaglione to unclench his fist and sit on the bed in the cell. Ciancaglione responded by stepping aggressively toward the officer, who then pushed him back and told him to back up, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Ciancaglione then struck the officer on his left temple with a closed fist. Ciancaglione was then “escorted to the ground” and placed in handcuffs.

The officer that Ciancaglione struck had a red mark and swelling around the left side of his face, by his temple, the complaint notes.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 24, with Judge Ford presiding.

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