A Leetsdale man is facing charges after police said he assaulted a woman and 2-year-old child then fought with officers, kneeing one in the head, while in police custody.
Chad Myers, 28, of Valley Lane, is charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault against a police officer. He is also charged with one count each of simple assault, harassment, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief.
According to a Leetsdale police report, officers went to Myers’ home shortly before 1 a.m. Monday after receiving a domestic violence report. Police spoke to a woman, who said Myers physically assaulted her and tried to take her phone as she called police.
Police said the woman had a large knot on her forehead, and the 2-year-old girl had a bloody nose and a blood smear on the cheek. Both victims were treated by Valley Ambulance.
As officers interviewed the victim, police said an officer noticed the child hanging around a coffee table with a small amount of marijuana spread out. Police determined the marijuana belonged to Myers and was confiscated.
On the way to the station, police said Myers began viciously striking his head off the plastic partition in the cruiser. He was placed on the ground to stop hurting himself and he began head butting the concrete, police said.
Officers from Sewickley and Edgeworth assisted with restraining Myers, who appeared to calm down and asked for his glasses. Police said Myers kneed Leetsdale officer William Dreyer in the head as Dreyer searched for his glasses and he kicked nearby Sewickley Patrolman Doug Maust in the leg.
While leaning over the back of the police car, Myers head butted the trunk numerous times denting up in the car. Police put Myers back inside, where he kicked free the leg restraints and again started banging his head on the cage of the police car.
Police requested an ambulance for Myers, who was strapped to a gurney and taken to Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital. He was treated and medically cleared for incarceration. About 4 a.m. police informed Myers they were now taking him to jail and he told officers "You better get the SWAT team" and that he did not plan to go willingly, police said.
Police said Myers became combative outside and was dry stunned three times during the ensuing struggle. Police said Myers again started head butting the side of the police car, causing additional damage. He was then Tased to the ground and agreed to cooperate, police said. A doctor agreed to come outside and remove the probes.
Shortly before 4:30 a.m., Myers was taken to the Coraopolis Police lock up without further incident. A Leetsdale officer was treated at the hospital.
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