Police: Man charged with DUI exposed himself, resisted arrest

Christopher Dornblaser

A Glennville man is in York County Prison after police say he urinated in front of emergency personnel when he was pulled over and then fought with the police officers who arrested him.

Neal Edward Hale, 44, of 3001 Willow Lane, is charged with DUI, aggravated assault and resisting arrest, among other charges, police said.

Police say about 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Hale was found in his vehicle, intoxicated, after it had crashed off the side of the road in West Manhiem Township. After exposing himself and urinating in public, he was asked to perform a field-sobriety test, during which he allegedly grabbed the arresting officer and tried to pull him down, police said.

Neal Hale

The alleged incident: West Manheim Township Police say Hale's vehicle, a GMC SUV, was found crashed off the road in the 800 block of Hobart Road and was in a private lane. Hale was found in the driver's seat, as his passenger, Benjamin Croft, slept in the passenger seat, police said.

Police said they saw that Hale's vehicle had traveled through and damaged about 100 feet of grass.The responding officer then asked Hale to get out of the car while he checked on Croft, according to officials.

While the officer checked on Croft, Hale exposed himself and urinated, all in the view of the public and ambulance personnel, documents state.

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When speaking with Hale, there was a strong of odor of alcohol, police said. Additionally, what appeared to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seen on the middle console of Hale's vehicle. His voice was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot, police said.

Hale was then asked to perform field-sobriety tests. While doing the tests, according to police, Hale advanced toward the officer in an aggressive manner and grabbed him by the uniform in an attempt to pull the officer toward him or the ground.

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The officer broke free from Hale and then got control of him, documents state. Another officer came in to assist, and police allege Hale continued to be combative and resisted arrest.

After he was placed into custody, Hale refused to submit to a blood test to determine his blood-alcohol level, documents state. Hale also was found to be driving on a suspended license, related to a DUI, according to police.

Croft told police he was sleeping in the passenger seat and wasn't aware of the crash. Croft also denied owning the marijuana or the paraphernalia, police said.

Hale was arraigned at central booking in front of District Judge Richard T. Thomas on Thursday night, online court records state. Hale was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 17 at District Judge Jame S. Miner's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.