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Irwin man allegedly closes Penn Township officer's fingers in door

| Sunday, April 29, 2012, 3:45 p.m.

An Irwin man faces a number of charges after closing a car door on a police officer's fingers as he resisted attempts to arrest him, police said.

Ryan Catley, 23, of 10 Barri Drive, was charged Wednesday with two counts each of aggravated assault, driving under the influence and simple assault, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana, resisting arrest and a motor vehicle violation.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Penn Township police, officers pulled over Catley on Saddlebrook Drive about 7:30 a.m. Nov. 14 for driving 42 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Police said "suspected marijuana matter," marijuana leaves, a marijuana bud and a pipe were found in the vehicle.

The complaint alleged that Catley ignored commands to stay in front of his vehicle and closed his door on Patrolman Lewis Lock III. Lock freed himself, and Catley continued resisting officers. During the struggle, Catley allegedly closed the door of his sedan on Patrolman David Meyers' left middle finger.

Officers used a Taser to subdue Catley, the complaint read.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 16 before Penn Township District Judge Helen Kistler.

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