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Suspected drunk driver allegedly spars with state troopers

Police said he got out, left vehicle in reverse

U. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - An Easton man is facing charges after authorities allege he nearly hit two vehicles along Route 100 before fighting with two state troopers, who were trying to arrest him for drunk driving.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Andrew S. Harakal with DUI and terroristic threats following his arrest Saturday evening in Upper Macungie Township. District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned the 49-year-old the next morning, setting bail at $25,000.

An off-duty Pennsylvania State Police trooper reported seeing an SUV run a red light and nearly collide with two vehicles on southbound Route 100 near the Interstate 78 exit about 6 p.m. Saturday, according to court records. Troopers were dispatched to the area and found the SUV on Schantz Road tailgating another vehicle.

After stopping the SUV and approaching the driver's side window, a trooper alleges he smelled alcohol, and that a glassy-eyed, argumentative Harakal was slurring his speech, according to records. Troopers said he was yelling and stumbled out of his vehicle that he left in reverse.

When asked to perform field sobriety tests, an uncooperative Harakal refused and instead cursed and yelled at the troopers, referring to them as a certain part of the male anatomy, according to records.

As troopers tried to take him into custody, Harakal allegedly resisted and was taken to the ground, where he punched, kicked and elbowed them. He allegedly threatened to break their necks and "beat the (expletive) out of them." Troopers said they finally used a Taser to subdue Harakal.

He eventually calmed down but began fighting with troopers again after being told he was headed to Lehigh County Central Booking.

Police charged Harakal, of North Seventh Street in Easton, with a single count of driving under the influence and two counts each of resisting arrest and terroristic threats, all misdemeanors. He was also charged with three summary traffic offenses.

Harakal failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 16.


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