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Police use Taser on Stephen Posivak after dispute with neighbor in Bethlehem

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Oct 15 2012 02:53:39 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 15 2012 03:07:56 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man who was involved in a confrontation with his neighbor was arrested after police used a Taser to subdue him, officials said.

Stephen A. Posivak was hit with a Taser at about 5 p.m. Saturday on Carlisle Street, near Walters Street, in Bethlehem, after he began swinging his arms and kicking with his legs while an officer tried to take him into custody, officials said.

Before he tried to arrest Posivak, the officer smelled alcohol on his breath and said Posivak was yelling obscenities and pointing at the officer's chest, stopping an inch or two away from making contact,  officials said.

Two men at the scene said they tried to calm Posivak and the neighbor he was quarreling with before police were called, officials said.

Court papers do not indicate why Posivak was arguing with his neighbor, or who the neighbor was.

Posivak, 52, of 904 Walters St., Bethlehem,  was arraigned on charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkeness and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $5,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 23.