Falls Couple Fight, Man Tosses Pocketbook, Crushes Mailbox, Battles with Police
An argument on the way home from a party led to a vehicle crashing onto a Falls Township lawn and one arrest.
Richard Mattis, 50 of Levittown was charged with simple assault, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and three related summary offenses early Monday morning. . Mattis was arraigned by on-call Judge Corryn L. Kronnagel, at 4 am.
According to Falls Police, they were dispatched to the front lawn of 31 Martha Drive at 10 pm for a report of a one vehicle accident in which the automobile had careened off the roadway destroying a brick mailbox and was resting with its front tires up in the air and and the brick mailbox underneath it.
Police interviewed the 911 caller who said he heard a loud noise, looked outside and saw the unidentified vehicle on his lawn, telling police the owner lived at a short ways down the block, court records show,
Police went to the identified residence, court records say, to interview two subjects at the residence. Police say a woman answered the door visibly upset and crying. She told police that she and her husband were coming back from a party in Philadelphia and “…got into an argument while driving back…” in which she said he threw her pocketbook out the window of the moving vehicle, with her cell phone in it, on Tyburn Rd. The victim told police she and her husband had been drinking at the party and that her husband was in the upstairs bedroom.
Police asked the victim to show them where the bedroom was in the home and she said ‘No, I don’t want to. I’m afraid of him. He crashed the car into the mailbox on purpose because we were fighting.’
Police located Mattis in the bedroom, asking about the accident. Mattis refused to answer questions and demanded the officer get out of his house multiple times , the criminal complaint says.
The officer, wrote in court documents, Mattis appeared to be “highly intoxicated” displaying blood shot glassy eyes and slurred speech. Police noted the odor of alcohol was easily detectable from the suspect. Police said Mattis continued to ignore questioning, but walked to the ground floor of the residence where a second officer was located at the bottom of the staircase. Mattis walked into the kitchen and past the second officer on scene; when asked again about what happened to the car, Mattis began to again demand officers leave his home and moved closer to the first responding officer, looked down at the officer because of a distinct height advantage, police said, “pushing” the officer with his chest.
The officer said, in the probable cause affidavit, he thought Mattis was going to try and punch him, noting he could no longer see Mattis’ hands. The officer wrote in the criminal complaint that he pushed Mattis to create distance between the two just in case an altercation was about to begin. Police say, Mattis, raised his hands, walked towards police in an aggressive way with both officers taking the visibly drunk man down to the ground and placing him under arrest.
Mattis, police say, continued to resist requiring the use of necessary force so he could be handcuffed. The suspect was taken to police headquarters where he refused to consent to a blood alcohol test.
Mattis posted the required 10 percent of 100.000.00 to be bailed out Monday after being sent to Bucks County Jail Sunday. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Falls Township District Court on February 18 as of publication.