Man in disabled car soon arrested


BUTLER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Police say they had their hands full after responding to a disabled car near Hazleton.

It happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday near Mile 147 on I-81 north.

Police say the white BMW was disabled on the left side of the road along the yellow line, and driver Giovanni Hernandez, 35, Harrisburg, said he ran out of gas on the way to Linglestown.

He did not know he was 75 miles past there, and police say they smelled alcohol and marijuana and found he had active arrest warrants.

On the way into the barracks, police say Hernandez struck a trooper with his shoulder, and had to be restrained on the floor.

The criminal complaint says he threatened four troopers by saying that he would be out in the morning and show up at their house.

Police say he also requested treatment for asthma but refused treatment at the hospital, and was taken back to the barracks.

Hernandez is facing charges including retaliation, aggravated assault, and DUI. His bail is now set at $1 million.

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