Former officer arrested in Mount Carmel Township
SHADY ACRES - A former Mount Carmel Township police officer fought with relatives and threatened to kill himself and his family during a disturbance early Sunday at his parent's home, according to court documents.
Don Geary, retired township police chief, said he saw his 29-year-old son, Shane Joseph Geary, a former patrolman, drink a fifth of vodka while at his house Saturday. All was well into the evening; however, Shane left the house for a time, and approximately two hours after the younger man's return, his demeanor changed, the former chief said.
Not long after the elder Geary went to bed, his wife, Ann Marie, woke him up. Their son allegedly punched a 13-year-old male and began to fight with his brother, Tyler, according to a police affidavit. Mrs. Geary was struck during the scuffle and injured her thumb.
While the disturbance escalated, Don Geary said his son threatened to get a gun before storming out of the house. Mrs. Geary locked the doors and Don Geary called 911.
Mount Carmel Township Police patrolman Brian Carnuccio was dispatched at 1:48 a.m. to the Geary home at 129 Oak Lane, just outside Kulpmont near Brennan's Farm Road. As he approached in his patrol vehicle, Carnuccio said he could see the suspect, who the patrolman said he knew from his time on the force and from previous incidents. Shane Geary was kneeling on the ground and partially inside his vehicle, but got up quickly and ran toward the police vehicle, Carnuccio said.
According to the police affidavit, Geary was holding an unknown object much in the way someone would hold a shotgun or rifle. The suspect allegedly was yelling, "You're not taking me, not this time."
The patrolman used the vehicle as a shield. Carnuccio pulled his service weapon and Geary ran behind the house and could not immediately be found. Carnuccio waited for backup before searching on foot.
Kulpmont Patrolman Michael Pitcavage, Mount Carmel Patrolman Shane Reamer and Mount Carmel Cpl. David Donkochik assisted, according to the affidavit.
Donkochik found Geary sitting in the shrubs near his home and took him into custody. Carnuccio said Geary smelled strongly of alcohol and had to be helped to the patrol vehicle. No weapons were found; only an umbrella in the shrubs. Police are not sure if that is what the suspect was holding when Carnuccio arrived.
Geary allegedly continued to yell and kick at a patrol vehicle window and also spat in the back seat area. He was taken for blood alcohol testing at Sunbury Community Hospital before being jailed at Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, on a probation detainer. The blood test is pending.
Two 30-day prescription packages for Vicodin and Ambien in Shane Geary's name issued on July 1 were allegedly found empty on the night of his arrest.
Geary, who lives at 338 S. Chestnut St., Mount Carmel, is charged by Carnuccio with one count of terroristic threats, four counts each of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, and one count each of disorderly conduct, loitering and prowling at night, harassment and public drunkenness.
He was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones, Mount Carmel, and remanded to the county prison on $20,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing before Jones is scheduled for Wednesday. He is expected to remain in prison at least until a revocation hearing in August.