Police pepper spray Granville man during scuffle at bar

Main Street scuffle leads to arrest

A Potter Avenue man faces two misdemeanor charges following a fight with police outside a Main Street bar in the early morning hours of Sunday.


Jon P. LaPlante, 36, faces third-degree assault and resisting arrest charges after attacking Granville Police Sgt. David Williams outside of Beebe’s Thirst Parlor just after 1:40 a.m. as part of an attempt to fight with another man, police said.

LaPlante also faces the violation of disorderly conduct.

Police were called to Main Street when LaPlante refused to leave the area after being ordered to leave the bar for causing trouble.

Williams approached LaPlante as he stood near the bar on the sidewalk and told him he would have to leave the area as he had been told.

Police said LaPlante argued but began to move away from the area toward West Main Street before stopping and returning in an attempt to start a fight with a member of the bar’s staff.

Williams stepped between LaPlante and his target the bouncer Gary Parker, police said. Williams ordered to the men to separate, but only Parker complied, police said.

Williams put his hands up to keep LaPlante away several times but he continued to shove at the officer and push his arms away in an attempt to get at Parker.

Police said LaPlante continued to charge and push at the officer and was told he was under arrest; when he refused to stop he was pepper sprayed but he still did not stop.

Police said LaPlante attempted to drop his head down and tackle Williams after being sprayed before finally being brought to the ground and subdued.

Police secured LaPlante in a patrol car before taking him to the station for evaluation by EMS prior to his arraignment. LaPlante refused to comply while in the station and continued to verbally threaten police and EMS, police said. LaPlante was arraigned in front of Fort Ann Town Judge Richardson and sent to the Washington County Jail for lack of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bail bond. LaPlante was ordered to appear in Granville Village Court at a later date.

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