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July 14, 2014

Johnstown police: Man assaults officer who was arresting him for public drunkenness

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man was jailed over the weekend on charges that he assaulted a police officer who attempted to arrest him for being drunk in public.

City police charged Robert Lawrence Pulliam, 52, of the 700 block of Maple Avenue, with public drunkenness and aggravated assault.

In a criminal complaint, police said they were called to the tunnel area between Main and Lincoln streets downtown after an employee of the nearby state liquor store reported that Pulliam was stumbling around outside after earlier purchasing a half pint of alcohol.

When Pulliam was taken to the Public Safety Building, police said he was too intoxicated to remove items from his pockets and was rude to the arresting officer. At one point Pulliam began screaming and lunged at the officer, ripping a portion of his uniform, police said.

Pulliam was arraigned by on-call District Judge Michael Zungali of Hastings and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $10,000 bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.

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