Man Sentenced to Prison for Slashing Tires, Spitting on Police in Elizabethtown

A Middletown man will serve prison and probation terms for slashing vehicle tires in Mount Joy Township, then spitting on police in Elizabethtown the next day.

Weston Kobler, 28, pleaded guilty to felony assault by a prisoner and related misdemeanors for incidents on May 7 and May 8.

Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely recently sentenced Kobler to 6 to 23 months in prison, followed by two years of probation.

Kobler was publicly intoxicated while walking on North Hanover Street in Elizabethtown on May 8 when police attempted to stop him.

Kobler fled and was eventually stopped nearby. He struggled with officers who placed him in handcuffs.

Kobler then spit on the arresting officers and continued to spit inside a police cruiser and holding cell at the police station.

Elizabethtown police Officer Michael Lyons filed charges. Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman prosecuted.

Police determined Kobler slashed three tires on a vehicle the day before in Mount Joy Township. Northwest Regional police Officer Carl Bergmark charged Kobler with criminal mischief.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright