A local man faces multiple charges after he allegedly threatened another man with a knife and drove drunk with a car full of young children.
Gregory G. Matteson, 28, of South Williams Street, was arrested Saturday and charged with second degree menacing and driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors. He was also charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger in the vehicle.
Police were called to a West Street resident after receiving reports of two subjects fighting. During the incident, Matteson is alleged to have threatened another man with a knife. He then fled the area with four children, ages nine months to five years, in the car.
When police found Matteson, they determined he was under the influence of alcohol and he failed subsequent field sobriety and chemical tests. Police said he registered a blood alcohol content of .23 percent, nearly three times the legal threshold for driving a vehicle.
Witnesses to the incident on West Street confirmed having seen Matteson drive a vehicle with the children present inside.
Matteson was arraigned in Dresden Town Court and released to appear in court at a later date.
The case was handled by patrolmen Randolph Bevins and Richard Rizzo.