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Greensburg officer injured while arresting man accused of 'huffing'

Renatta Signorini
| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 1:06 p.m.
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A Greensburg policeman was injured Monday while attempting to arrest a city man whose girlfriend reported he had been “huffing” from an aerosol-type can.

Charles Wingert, 44, allegedly mentioned grabbing the officer's gun while police were arresting him, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police arrived at the Madison Avenue home at 10;30 a.m. after a call to city dispatchers, according to an affidavit. An officer attempted to talk to Wingert, who police said became aggressive and stood chest-to-chest with the officer and demanded to be taken to jail, police said in the complaint.

During a struggle while trying to arrest Wingert, the Patrolman Kerry Dieter's flashlight hit the officer in the lip, splitting it open, police said. Two other officers arrived to help and one abandoned using a Taser after Wingert allegedly mentioned grabbing Dieter's firearm.

Wingert is charged with aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and inhaling a solvent. Police seized two cans of Ultra Duster from the home, according to the complaint.Canned air is one type of inhalant, an everyday household product that is abused to produce a sense of euphoria and hallucinations, according to American Addiction Centers. Products like Ultra Duster contain compressed gas that is sprayed onto keyboards and into electronic devices to clear out debris and dust.

Wingert is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $75,000 bond. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.A March 22 preliminary hearing is set.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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