A Lackawannock Township man who hit a drugstore manager and fought with police seven hours after overdosing on a prescription medication has pleaded guilty to charges in two cases.

Yohond McKeithan, 32, of 172 Zahniser Road, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of possession of Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, disarming a law enforcement officer, robbery and assault on police. Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John set sentencing for Dec. 7.

Police gave this account:

Police spotted McKeithan at 9:22 a.m. May 10 at a pay telephone at Fruit Avenue and George Street, Farrell, with the phone cord in his mouth and the receiver hanging beside his face.

McKeithan told police he had taken five Xanax pills and had more in his pocket. Police retrieved a pill bottle prescribed to a West Salem Township man.

McKeithan was treated at UPMC Horizon, Farrell, after he passed out at the police station.

At 4:58 p.m., McKeithan was seen by a manager of the Farrell Golden Dawn, 827 Sharon-New Castle Road, Farrell, putting items into his pockets, police said. The manager tried to detain McKeithan, but McKeithan knocked him down and ran, police said.

The manager and a customer chased McKeithan and police cornered him behind Farrell High School, police said.

McKeithan refused to get on the ground after repeated orders, police said.

Patrolman Jason Newton tackled McKeithan, and McKeithan tried to grab Newton’s gun during the struggle, police said. Cpl. Charles Rubano also was involved in the struggle.

After letting go of the gun, McKeithan punched Newton below the right eye, police said.

McKeithan continued to fight after being sprayed with Mace, police said. He was shot with an electronic shocking device, but ran, pulling out the darts, police said.

A second spray of Mace also was ineffective, and McKeithan punched a window of the school, breaking it, police said.

McKeithan went down when he was again shot with the electronic shocking device, police said.

Newton and Rubano were treated at UPMC Horizon, Farrell, police said.

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