A traffic stop turned aggressive when a South Carolina man, who has been working in the local area for about six months, was pulled over for reckless and drunken driving, South Williamsport police said.
Joe Fredrick Boykin, 63, faces those charges plus possession of a prohibited weapon, police said.
Borough police responded to a call of an erratic driver heading north Friday on Route 15. According to police, the car was swerving into both lanes, drove the wrong way on a one-way street and drove up the center of another street.
Upon stopping the car, officers found Boykin behind the wheel. When police told him why he was stopped, the man allegedly turned aggressive and yelled obscenities at the officers.
"(Boykin's) aggression began to increase ... (he) began to flail his arms" as he was screaming, according to court records.
The verbal abuse continued as Boykin was placed in the back of the patrol car.
Upon running a background check, officers discovered that Boykin had a suspended license for driving while intoxicated in 2009.
While talking to officers, Boykin allegedly admitted that he had been drinking about 3 or 4 p.m. and also had smoked marijuana earlier in the day, according to court records.
According to police, Boykin's vehicle was causing a hazard to other drivers, due to its location. While preparing the truck for removal, police discovered a set of metal knuckles, an open can of beer and spilled beer on the passenger seat floor, according to court records.
Boykin was arraigned by District Judge Jerry C. Lepley and remains incarcerated in lieu of $10,000 bail.