November 23, 2014
FOUNTAIN HILL, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state lawmaker faces assault and other charges after police say he punched and choked his wife, then drove away drunk.
Democratic state Rep. Joseph Brennan was arrested Wednesday following a 911 call about a man hitting a woman outside their home in Fountain Hill, Lehigh County.
Norma Jane Brennan told officers her husband had choked, punched and wrestled her to the ground. Joseph Brennan was pulled over a few blocks away, where police say a breath test found he had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit for drivers.
Brennan was arraigned and released on $7,500 bail. A message left with his office early Thursday wasn't immediately returned.
Brennan said last year he was experiencing a "long and personal struggle with alcohol" following a DUI arrest.