DUI suspect allegedly curses, threatens troopers
A 49-year-old man being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Upper Macungie Township on Saturday allegedly cursed at state troopers, resisted arrest and threatened to break their necks, according to court records.
Andrew S. Harakal, of the 100 block of North Seventh Street in Easton, was charged with drunken driving and two counts each of terroristic threats and resisting arrest. He also faces summary counts of failing to stop at a red light, disregarding a traffic lane and following too closely.
He was arraigned by District Judge Patricia Engler and was sent to Lehigh County Jail under $25,000 bail.
According to a criminal complaint:
State police responded to a report at 6 p.m. Saturday of an SUV that ran a red light and almost struck two vehicles at Route 100 at the Interstate 78 exit. An off-duty state trooper witnessed the incident.
A trooper spotted the SUV and witnessed the driver tailgating another vehicle and cross the fog line, so the trooper pulled him over. Two troopers approached the driver and immediately smelled alcohol coming from inside the SUV.
The troopers had Harakal perform field-sobriety tests, but he refused and cursed at the troopers. Harakal then complied but failed the tests and the troopers told him they would be arresting him on suspicion of drunken driving.
Harakal became combative, and police took him down to the ground. While on the ground, Harakal used his hands, elbows and feet to hit the two troopers. He also threatened that he would break their necks and beat them up.
The troopers used a Taser to subdue Harakal, and he eventually calmed down and started to comply. However, once in handcuffs, he again started to fight.
He refused to take a blood or breath test once at the Lehigh County DUI Center.