More Charges Filed Against PNC Park Fan
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An unruly fan, who was arrested at PNC Park last month, was in court Wednesday morning.
Police had to use their batons and a Taser to arrest 41-year-old Scott Ashley.
Ashley was already facing public drunkenness and resisting arrest charges, but two more were tacked on today.
The additional charges are trying to disarm an officer and making terroristic threats.
The incident made headlines in when a video showing police using a Taser on Ashley during an arrest at PNC Park went viral.
During Wednesday’s preliminary hearing, Ashley’s lawyer argued that ushers were only in that section because unruly college kids were disturbing other fans.
When Ashley got upset about ushers blocking his view of the game, security and police were called in.
Two park security officers and Pittsburgh Police Detective Frank Rende testified today. All three said Ashley refused to get out of his seat and used vulgar language.
At one point, Rende asked Ashley if he wanted to do this the easy way or the hard way. Ashley indicated he wanted the hard way.
The situation quickly escalated and led to Rende using a Taser on Ashley.
The defense pushed to watch the video during the hearing, but judge refused.
“The magistrate chose not to watch the videotape. I feel that the videotape would have cleared up some issues and we could have probably trimmed off some of the charges here today. But, we’ll deal with that later downtown,” Defense Attorney Fred Rabner said.
A new court date has not been set.