Lehigh Valley

Man allegedly brawls with state troopers at Lehigh County hotel

He bit one trooper and grabbed a Taser

HANOVER TWP., Pa. - At Ryan Johnson's preliminary hearing Monday, Oct. 16, all charges were held for court. He's scheduled for a formal arraignment Nov. 27, according to court documents.

Authorities allege that a Washington D.C. man suspected of beating his girlfriend bit a state trooper, slammed another trooper’s head against a metal cabinet and grabbed a trooper’s Taser.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Ryan J. Johnson with two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault and a single count of resisting arrest after brawling with a pair of state troopers inside the Knights Inn hotel in Lehigh County.

District Judge Rod Beck arraigned the 35-year-old Monday night, setting bail at $400,000.

State troopers from the Bethlehem barracks were dispatched to the hotel at 1880 Steelstone Road in Hanover Township shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday to investigate a reported domestic assault. They were met by the victim, who accused Johnson of repeatedly beating and choking her, according to court records.

Troopers observed a bruised left eye, a bloody cut on her right thumb and marks around the woman’s neck.

Authorities said Johnson appeared in the lobby drinking a beer. When asked to put down his beer, Johnson refused and allegedly began fighting with troopers after one of them tried to take away the beer, according to records.

Johnson allegedly bit one trooper’s right hand and repeatedly banged the other trooper’s head against a metal cabinet. Johnson also grabbed one of the trooper’s Tasers, which discharged during the struggle.

Both troopers received medical treatment at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg. Johnson’s girlfriend received medical treatment from an EMT at the hotel.

Along with the assault and resisting arrest charges, authorities charged Johnson with three counts of harassment and disarming a law enforcement officer. He failed to post bail after his arraignment.

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