DUI sus­pect al­legedly curses, threat­ens troop­ers

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Manuel Gamiz Jr.

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.

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