Police: Pa. state rep assaulted wife, drove drunk

August 16, 2012 3:46:54 PM PDT
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 afternoon following a 911 call about a man hitting a woman outside their Fountain Hill, Lehigh County home.

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.

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