A Monongahela man is behind bars after he was allegedly under the influence when he took his daughter for ice cream and then fought with police and fled.
Police said on Friday, Michael Cody Tatar, 30, took his 4-year-old daughter to the Dairy Queen in Fallowfield Township around 4:15 p.m.
Employees there told police they noticed Tatar making odd statements, nodding off and falling asleep while standing at the cash register and decided to call 911 in fear for the girl’s safety.
A trooper arrived at the scene and observed Tatar having pinpoint pupils, slurred speech, sluggish responses and a staggering walk, according to court paperwork.
When the trooper went to put Tatar under arrest, police said he resisted, and ran out of the Dairy Queen, slamming the door on the trooper.
Police stopped him, but said Tatar kicked and punched the trooper and ran away again, heading across Route 88 and jumping over an embankment.
Police said he left his daughter at the restaurant.
Authorities found Tatar around 11:30 p.m. at a family member’s home in New Eagle, and allegedly again tried to resist when they took him into custody.
Tatar was arraigned on charges including thee counts of aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, escape, two counts of flight to avoid apprehension, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, four counts of recklessly endangering another person two counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and one count of public drunkenness before on-call Washington County Magisterial District Judge Robert Redlinger.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. June 28 before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins.
Tatar is lodged in the Washington County Prison with bail set at $25,000.