Local Man Tased Four Times, Charged for Fighting with Officers

Jason Montani is in Washington County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Police said an Eighty Four man was tased four times Sunday before reportedly fighting with officers who responded to a call of a possible intoxicated driver—a call that ended with an officer allegedly having blood spit in his face.

charged Jason Montani, 40, with aggravated assault, driving under the influence, making terroristic threats, resisting arrest and three counts of simple assault.

Police said the department was notified by Peters Township police around 12:30 a.m. that a possible intoxicated driver was headed into North Strabane.

An officer headed to the home associated with the vehicle registration—36 Long Drive—where they observed Montani sitting in his truck in the driveway.

That's when the man approached the police car, according to a criminal complaint.

"As Montani was talking to me, I noticed his speech was slurred, he had bloodshot/glassy eyes and was stumbling toward me," police said in the complaint.

Police said Montani asked the officer if he could help him, at which time the man was asked where 36 Long Drive was located.

Montani avoided the question, and walked back to his truck.

That's when things got physical, police said.

"Upon further questioning, Montani became aggressive in his tone and posture and began calling me (expletives deleted)," the officer said in the complaint.

Another officer arrived a short time later, and noticed that Montani was "walking in an aggressive manner." He deployed his Taser.

Montani broke the cable of the first Taser cartridge, at which time the first responding officer deployed his Taser.

"Again Montani was able to break free, at which time he crawled under his truck," the complaint stated. Officers added that he screamed profanities at them while refusing to come out.

When he did crawl out from under the vehicle, he again approached an officer in an "aggressive" manner and was tased twice more, although officers said in the complaint that the electric charges were ineffective.

Montani then began to run toward the rear of the home, at which point he got into a physical confrontation with officers.

More officers responded, and Montani was taken into custody upon their arrival.

As he was being taken into custody, the complaint indicated he spat blood on the face of an officer.

Montani was taken to , where the complaint stated he said, "If you keep messing with me, I'm going to kill you all."

Although he was read his rights, police said he refused a blood draw.

Montani was arraigned Sunday afternoon before district Judge Gary Havelka, who remanded him to the Washington County Jail on $10,000 bond.

He was still listed as an inmate there as of Monday morning.

Montani’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 18 before district


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