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Police: Pa. state rep assaulted wife, drove drunk

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August 16, 2012 08:18 AM EST | AP


FOUNTAIN HILL, Pa. — 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.