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Police: Try to disarm cop follows crash into house

February 19. 2013 11:31PM
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LARKSVILLE – A man arrested on evidence of drunken driving after he crashed into an occupied residence allegedly tried to disarm a police officer outside Wilkes-Barre General Hospital early Monday morning.

Police said Daniel Gallagher, 38, of Bowman Street, Larksville, was intoxicated when he crashed a Buick into 141 Wilson St. at about 3 a.m.

Gallagher was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on two counts each of driving under the influence of alcohol and accidents involving damage to property, and one count each of disarming a law enforcement officer, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to render aid. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Homeowners Ralph and Cheryl Keefer told police they were awakened when they felt their house shake.

Cheryl Keefer said she ran outside and allegedly saw their neighbor, Gallagher, get out of the wrecked vehicle and enter his residence.

Police said Gallagher was found highly intoxicated and unable to stand without leaning on a wall inside his residence, the complaint alleges. Gallagher was uncooperative and refused to provide his name and identification card, police said.

Police allege in the complaint Gallagher fought with an officer and screamed profanities outside and on the way to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

He was removed from the cruiser and fought with the officer outside the hospital, tugging at the officer's gun in its holster, the complaint says.

Police said Gallagher refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test and allegedly threatened to kill hospital staff.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Jan. 3.

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