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Police use Taser to subdue suspect spitting chewing tobacco at them

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Sep 28 2012 06:23:07 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 28 2012 06:24:42 PM CDT
PALMER TWP., Pa. -

Police used a Taser on a man who kept spitting chewing tobacco at them as they were trying to arrest him for kicking in his mother-in-law's door, officials said.

John A. Wright was subdued and taken into custody at his home 90 Freedom Terrace, Palmer Twp., Northampton Co., at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

Police were looking for Wright after he allegedly kicked in a locked door separating his basement living quarters and the main living area of his mother-in-law, Marsha Loverso, who owns the home, officials said.

Wright's wife Alicia told officers that her husband kicked in the door and ran away, after Loverso called police when she heard a loud crash, officials said. Loverso's son, Lawrence, said he saw Wright walking away from the broken door, they added.

About 90 minutes earlier, police calmed a dispute between Marsha Loverso and Wright, who was upset that Loverso had not given him enough notice when basement facilities need to be serviced, court papers show.

Wright, 42, was arraigned early Friday morning on charges of criminal trespass, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 8.