Police: Fairview Township man shoved, wrestled with officers

John Joyce

The Fairview Township Police Department is again pursuing charges against a township man they say assaulted an officer in February.

Charges filed Tuesday state that Daniel Martin Houck, 49, of 664 Bamberger Road, continued to interfere with police conducting a field sobriety test on his son, Mitchell Houck, eventually shoving one of the officers and struggling with others.

Daniel Houck was convicted of harassment in the case but has since appealed, resulting in new charges, police said.

Daniel Houck is charged with aggravated assault, obstructing the administration of law and other government functions and harassment. Mitchell Houck, 22, was charged with DUI, charging documents said.


Appeal: Despite what appears to be a gap in time between the alleged incident and the charges being filed, Fairview Township Police said Daniel Houck was both charged and convicted in February, but he appealed.

Sgt. Michael Bennage said Daniel Houck was originally charged with summary harassment and disorderly conduct, a citation.

"He was found guilty on the harassment and found not guilty on the disorderly conduct," Bennage said. "But he appealed his conviction."

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Assault: According to the charging documents, Fairview Township Police attempted to pull over Daniel Houck's silver Chevrolet Camaro about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 19 along Valley Road. Mitchell Houck, the driver, failed to stop until he arrived at his father's house and pulled the car into the garage.

Once out of the vehicle, police began to conduct a field sobriety test on Mitchell Houck while Daniel Houck, instructed to stay in the car, shouted instructions to his son, the documents said. As Daniel Houck became increasingly disruptive, police took him inside his house, where his girlfriend said she would look after him.

A few minutes later, however, Daniel Houck returned to the garage, moved toward one of the officers "with purpose" and shoved the officer in the chest, according to the documents. Daniel Houck was upset because the police would not let his son go, the documents said.

The officer shoved Daniel Houck back, knocking him to the garage floor, where he landed on his backside, the documents said. The officer then tried to escort Daniel Houck back inside the house, but he resisted, struggled with additional officers and refused to listen to commands, according to the charging documents.

New charges: When Daniel Houck appealed the conviction for harassment, the York County District Attorney's Office instructed the department to drop the disorderly conduct citation and instead charge him with aggravated assault and obstructing the administration of the law.

"That's the reason for the new charges being filed," Bennage said.

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