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'Visibly Intoxicated' Man Resisted Arrest in Apartment Complex, Cops Say

Hackettstown man was yelling, banging on doors in Peachtree Village and in possession of a handcuff key, police report.

A Hackettstown man was arrested after he didn’t obey commands from officers Sunday night when they found him banging on apartment doors in Peachtree Village, Washington Township Police said.

Sgt. Timothy Madden and Officer Michael Thompson responded to Building 5 of the Washington Township apartment complex just before 7 p.m. after receiving a report of a man banging on random doors, Lt. Doug Compton said.  

Michael Hale, 42, was located in the stairwell of the building, Compton said, and was “visibly intoxicated.” Hale was banging on the doors and raising his voice, Compton said, and was told by Thompson and Madden that he was under arrest for disorderly conduct.

Hale then resisted verbal commands from both officers, Compton said, and was forcibly taken to the ground where he was handcuffed. A search of Hale found he was in possession of a handcuff key, Compton said.

Hale, who is not a resident of the apartment complex, had a friend in the area, Compton said.

Hale was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of a handcuff key.

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