Foltz
Foltz

After learning he would stand trial on charges he drove a riding mower while drunk and assaulted his ex-wife, a New Freedom man took out his frustrations on the courtroom holding area of District Judge Jeff Joy in Shrewsbury Township, officials said.

Now Jerome Carl Foltz, 56, of Revere Drive in New Freedom, is facing more charges for damaging Joy's office, according to state police.

Those charges had not been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.

A state police news release states Foltz "damaged property" in Joy's office after a July 11 hearing.

That was Foltz's preliminary hearing for his current case. At the close of the proceeding, Joy ordered Foltz to stand trial on the ride-mower DUI and assault allegations.

'Menacing': As Constable Steve Paulus was leading Foltz from the hearing room, Foltz apparently decided he would not go quietly.

"Following the conclusion of the hearing, the defendant allegedly became physically menacing toward a witness," York County spokesman Carl Lindquist said. "A constable had to exert force to maintain control over (Foltz).

"The two then collided with a wall inside a hallway of the facility, damaging a section of drywall measuring approximately 3 square feet," Lindquist said.

He estimated it will cost the county several hundred dollars to repair the damage.

Paulus declined comment.

Special transport: Carl Barley, president of the York County Constables Association, said because Paulus had transported two prisoners to Joy's office, another constable was dispatched to transport Foltz back to prison by himself.

"We wanted to make sure there were no problems," he said.

Once at York County Prison, the facility's Special Emergency Response Team met the vehicle and helped escort Foltz back inside, according to Barley.

He confirmed the SERT squad used a transport chair, to which unruly defendants are strapped.

Foltz was represented at his hearing by the county public defenders office, but his case will be reassigned to a court-appointed private attorney, according to the defenders office, which declined comment.

First case: Southern Regional Police allege Foltz kicked in his ex-wife's door and slashed a door screen with a knife before taking off on a riding mower and heading down Revere Drive on June 17.

Police said the ex-wife had been allowing Foltz to stay at her home temporarily. Her name has not been released.

After Foltz drove off, she called 911 and followed him in her vehicle, according to police.

Foltz got off the mower on North Second Street near Pleasant Avenue, kicked his ex-wife's car a couple of times and punched her in the head, police allege.

'Impaired': When officers arrived, they found Foltz "impaired and uncooperative," and yelling obscenities in the street, police said.

After being handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser, Foltz began banging his head against the steel cage partition, giving himself a large cut on his nose, according to police.

Officers took Foltz to York Hospital to be treated and to have blood drawn for a blood-alcohol test, but Foltz refused to submit to the blood draw, police said.

While in the emergency room, Foltz yelled racial slurs at hospital staff, according to police.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@york dispatch.com.