VandenBussche charged with assaulting police

Updated: July 3, 2006, 1:59 PM ET
Associated Press

TURKEY POINT, Ontario -- Free agent right wing Ryan VandenBussche was charged with assaulting three police officers during a late-night brawl and was subdued with a Taser gun and pepper spray.

VandenBussche, an unrestricted free agent since his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins expired Friday, hit one officer near the left eye, smacked another in the left ear and tried to strike a third early Monday, police said. He will be held in a Brantford jail until Thursday.

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Mark Foster says VandenBussche "apparently came to the rescue of a friend" who was being arrested.

Police say the 33-year-old player threatened the life of one officer after the fight outside a hotel in Turkey Point, southwest of Hamilton.

VandenBussche, who lives south of London, Ontario, is charged with three counts of assaulting a peace officer. He also is charged with obstructing and/or resisting a peace officer, and making a threat to cause death or bodily harm.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press