Police: Drunken man tried using hatchet, BB gun on cops

A drunken Dover Township man tried using a hatchet and a BB gun while tussling with Northern York County Regional Police, according to court documents.

William Robert Wright was drunk when he tried taking out a hatchet and a BB gun he had on him while struggling with two officers early Saturday, Feb. 10, officials said.

Wright, 37, of the 1500 block of East Canal Road, is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

William Wright

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Incident: Police were sent to the area of Fox Run and East Canal roads about 12:20 a.m. for a report of an intoxicated man standing along the roadway.

An officer arrived and instructed the man, later identified as Wright, to comply with him because he was under arrest, charging documents state.

Police say Wright became aggressive and agitated, causing the officer to try to go "hands-on" with him. Wright then became combative, police say, which led to the officer pepper-spraying Wright, taking him to the ground.

A second officer arrived and found the first officer "wrestling" with Wright on the ground, according to police. The second officer spotted Wright trying to reach for a hatchet in the right back pocket of his jeans, charging documents state.

The second officer told Wright to stop and then struck Wright's right arm with his flashlight to stop him from getting the hatchet, officials said. Wright's right hand was handcuffed, court documents state.

William Wright

Wright began reaching with his left hand for a black handgun that was in a holster on the left side of his waistband, police said. The second officer struck Wright's left arm while the first officer was trying to get him under control, documents state.

Wright was kicking the two officers during the struggle, police said.

It took the officers about three minutes to have him under control, but as soon as they lifted him off the ground, he continued kicking, charging documents allege.

The officers were able to pull the gun from his waistband and discovered it was a BB gun, police said. 

Wright had a strong odor of alcohol on him, and police found a half-full bottle of Southern Comfort sitting nearby, according to officials.

Wright was taken to the county's central booking unit, where he was arraigned on his charges. He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.

He does not have an attorney listed.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 5 at District Judge David Eshbach's office.

 — Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.