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October 23, 2013

Hubby pointed gun at wife, police say

GALLITZIN — A Gallitzin man was arrested after police said he drew a gun on his wife during a drunken argument.

A criminal complaint police filed against Jeremy Patrick Strittmatter, 37, of the 700 block of Sandusky Street, says he spent Sunday evening at a bar with his wife, Sherry; his sister, Amanda Regala; and another man, Abraham Lopez.

Strittmatter and his wife argued during the car ride home about a reported incident with a man at the bar. Strittmatter became agitated after his wife struck him when the argument escalated, according to the complaint filed by Trooper Christopher Eckenrode.

Lopez, who called police around 1:30 a.m., said that’s when Strittmatter pulled a .38-caliber pistol and pointed it at his wife’s face, saying, “How you like this?” Lopez disarmed him in a brief struggle before both exited the vehicle near the Strittmatter home.

Police said Lopez told them he retrieved his vehicle, which was parked at the Strittmatter residence, and drove it to a friend’s house on Liberty Street. Lopez said Strittmatter showed up a short time later with his pickup truck, hooked a tow strap to Lopez’s vehicle and pulled it down the street.

Gallitzin Officer Harald Reger reported that he saw Strittmatter behind the wheel of the truck.

A test at Miners Medical Center later that night showed Strittmatter’s blood-alcohol content was 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers.

A later interview with Sherry Strittmatter revealed that she also was highly intoxicated, police said.

She claimed to have no memory of the incident.

Jeremy Strittmatter is charged with aggravated and simple assault, DUI, reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct.

He posted $3,000 bail and is awaiting a preliminary hearing before District Judge Charity Nileski of Cresson.

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