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Brennan arrested again

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Charged with hitting wife, DUI

Democratic state representative and Fountain Hill resident Joseph Brennan, D-133rd, was arrested the afternoon of Aug. 15 for hitting his wife and driving while drunk.

According to affidavits, borough police were dispatched to Delaware Avenue around 3 p.m. regarding alleged domestic violence on a front porch. Upon arrival, police identified Norma Jane Brennan, who had suffered injuries to her face, hands, feet and left knee.

Mrs. Brennan said her husband had choked her with both hands, slapped and punched her in the face and wrestled her to the ground. She said he drove off in a gray Chevrolet Malibu.

Another officer observed a car and driver matching the description in the neighborhood while en route. Joseph Brennan was identified and smelled strongly of alcohol. He registered a .20 percent during a breath test; twice the legal limit.

Joseph Brennan, representative for areas of Lehigh and Northampton counties, is charged with harassment, simple assault and DUI.

Brennan was also arrested for DUI in June 2011.

Calls to Brennan's Bethlehem office for statements were referred to the House Democratic Caucus press secretary, Bill Patton. Patton said in an email the charges are "serious" and the caucus is still seeking more information. He also said, "First and foremost, Rep. Brennan's colleagues are concerned for him and his family. Political questions really are secondary. Rep. Brennan's offices are open as usual to help district residents with any state-government-related needs they have."

A hearing has been scheduled Aug. 23 in regard to a protection from abuse order issued following this incident.

His opponent in the November election, David Moloney, of Catasauqua, called a press conference Aug. 21 to offer comments regarding this incident.