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May 1, 2013

Man faces trial in alleged assault on Portage chief

PORTAGE — A Portage man accused of assaulting the borough police chief during a recent arrest will answer the charges in Cambria County court.

Jason Wayne MacEwan, 41, of the 800 block of Jefferson Avenue, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Galen Decort of Portage.

In a criminal complaint, police said they were at the police station speaking with a woman who said she was having trouble with MacEwan the morning of April 22.

MacEwan showed up and began “screaming and swearing” and had to be ordered from the building, police said.

 Chief Edward Miller was later at the judge’s office to file paperwork when MacEwan approached him in the parking lot and again began screaming and swearing, according to the criminal complaint filed by police.

Miller then took MacEwan into custody.

MacEwan was being processed at the police station when he jumped from his chair and fought with the chief, the criminal complaint alleges.

Other officers helped restrain MacEwan.

One of Miller’s hips and his lower back were injured during the struggle.

MacEwan was charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, simple assault and public drunkenness.

MacEwan was returned after the hearing to the Cambria County Prison, where he is being held on $30,000 percentage bond.

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