Tamaqua is not Philadelphia, as two men discovered early Monday morning.
Police were on patrol in the area of SR209 and NAPA Auto Parts when Patrolman Thomas Rodgers observed three individuals walking along the darkened roadway. One of the trio stumbled several times and the officer stopped to offer assistance. When asked where they were headed, one of the men, later identified as Trevor Gotthardt, 21, of Bethlehem, became angry and uncooperative. Gotthardt, who admitted to drinking alcohol, felt the officer was harassing him and his friends and began berating the officer.
As Rodgers conducted routine records checks, Gotthardt continued ranting and raving and called his mother to have her call an attorney. Despite repeated warnings, Gotthardt continued being disruptive and was arrested for public drunkenness. He was transported back to the station.
The other two individuals were identified as Michael Curry, 25, of 249 E. Patterson St., Lansford, and Janel Morshim, 19, of Allentown.
While Gotthardt was being processed at the station Curry arrived, demanding to see and speak with his friend. He was asked to wait, which caused him to begin screaming and yelling. When Curry refused to heed officers' requests to cease and desist, his wish was granted and he was placed in the cell block next to his friend's, cited for disorderly conduct.
The two men were later released, Gotthardt to the custody of his sister and Curry to his mother.