A Lehigh County man, who allegedly had a bit too much to drink, could have ended his night with a ride in the back of a taxi. Instead, he ended up getting a lift to police headquarters in the back of squad car.
Matthew J. McGonagle, of Deerfield Road in Schnecksville, faces a handful of charges following his alleged verbal assault of two delivery men outside a Northampton convenience store and the subsequent physical attack on a police car.
District Judge Douglas Schlegel arraigned the 38-year-old Monday morning, setting bail at $50,000 with a 10 percent cash option, if approved by pre-trial services.
The alleged alcohol-fueled drama began shortly after 3 a.m. Monday outside the Turkey Hill at 1060 Main St. in Northampton Borough.
Borough police were dispatched to the convenience store after a delivery driver and his assistant complained that an intoxicated man later identified as McGonagle was yelling sexually obscene comments at the two men, according to court records.
McGonagle reportedly followed the two men into the store, while he continued to hurl sexual obscenities in their direction and tried to follow them into the back of their truck. That's when they finally called police.
Once police arrived, a "visibly intoxicated and loud" McGonagle shifted his vulgar sexual obscenities toward the officers, according to court records. Officers warned him to hold it down and even offered to call him a cab for a ride home.
Police said they proceeded to warn McGonagle that he'd be cited and taken into custody, if he continued his drunken tirade. Allegedly, things got worse from there.
Authorities allege McGonagle resisted arrest, threatened police and damaged the door frame and window of the police car, once officers managed to wrestle him inside. They allege he also continued his barrage of sexually explicit threats, this time directing them at the officers' wives and daughters.
Once at police headquarters, he allegedly struggled with police as they tried to take his shoes and belt. And not quite done for the night, McGonagle allegedly urinated on the cell door and continued his string of sexually-explicit profanities and threats to murder police.
Police charged McGonagle with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and two counts each of terroristic threats and criminal mischief. He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 14.