Coal Twp. man pleads guilty, gets parole for New Year's Day antics
SUNBURY - A man charged with ripping a bell from a wall and urinating on the floor of his detention cell at Coal Township Police Station New Year's Day was given credit for 14 days previously served in county prison and was ordered to serve 15 months on parole Monday after pleading guilty to resisting arrest and institutional vandalism.
Northumberland County President Judge William H. Wiest imposed the sentence on David E. Neidig, 47, of 1139 W. Pine St., Coal Township, who is required to pay a $100 fine, costs and fees. Additional charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct were not prosecuted.
Neidig, who remains free, also must refrain from drinking alcohol. If he violates any provisions of his parole, he will be recommitted to Northumberland County Prison.
Prior to being sentenced, Neidig told the judge his actions were foolish and said they won't happen again.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Coal Township Patrolman Matthew Henrich, Neidig is accused of being intoxicated and urinating behind a parked vehicle in the 1000 block of West Spruce Street shortly after 2 a.m.
He was then taken home and told not to leave. Police later learned he had left his home and was found in the 1100 block of West Pine Street yelling and cursing.
When taken into custody, Neidig allegedly struggled with officers while they attempted to place him into a patrol vehicle.
While in a police department holding cell, Neidig is accused of twice urinating on the floor and also ripping a bell from the wall just outside the cell.