Police: Man assaulted wife, threatened officer

Sean Philip Cotter

Police say a Fairview Township man on Friday grabbed his wife by the throat and threatened to kill her before threatening to "take out" an officer who he then led in a snowy, low-speed chase.

John Frederick Daneker Jr.

John Frederick Daneker Jr., 68, of 510 Grandview Drive, is charged with fleeing and eluding an officer, which is a felony, as well as simple assault, terroristic threats and driving while under the influence, according to the criminal complaint filed by Fairview Township Police against him Saturday morning.

Police say Daneker's wife called police shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, saying he had threatened her life and assaulted her. During the call, 911 dispatchers could hear a man shouting "I hate you" in the background, documents state.

She told police he'd grabbed her by the throat a couple of nights earlier, and then the previous night had told her "this time I'm going to kill you," before grabbing her shirt, according to documents.

He had left before police showed up; they tracked him down in his red pickup truck at the nearby Exxon gas station at 658 Wyndamere Road, documents state.

When Officer Andrew Paul, who filed the criminal complaint, walked up to the car, Daneker told him he was going to "take (Paul) out" and that he wasn't in the mood to deal with the cops, documents state. Paul wrote that Daneker made more threats toward him as Daneker got back into the pickup truck.

Daneker pulled away and led Paul in a low-speed chase through the falling snow back to his home, where Paul arrested him, police say.

Paul wrote that Daneker seemed drunk, and said he'd drank three shots of liquor earlier, so once they got him to the county's central booking unit, drew his blood after he agreed to let them do so, documents state.

He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail, according to authorities.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com.