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Ax-swinging drunk man yells obscenity at troopers, state police say

‘I told him he should go to sleep, stop drinking and stop yelling at people,’ a trooper wrote.

A drunk man swinging an ax who yelled at people and ran into traffic was arrested after ignoring warnings from troopers, state police said.

Witnesses reported Keith Reeves began yelling at them when they arrived Tuesday morning at a business in the 5600 block of Route 100 in Heidelberg Township.

A visibly drunk Reeves was swinging an ax at a tree and yelling obscenities in a yard across the road, troopers said.

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At one point, Reeves ran across Route 100 and into the business, according to state police. The business owner told troopers Reeves was scaring his family and customers.

Troopers said Reeves had slurred speech, smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages and was unsteady on his feet. While troopers were speaking to the witnesses, Reeves was standing on the other side of the road when he grabbed his groin and yelled at two of the witnesses, state police said.

Troopers said they warned Reeves if he did not stop acting that way, they would arrest him for persistent disorderly conduct.

“I told him he should go to sleep, stop drinking and stop yelling at people,” a trooper wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

Reeves allegedly persisted, yelling “f— you” to the troopers when they were walking back to the witnesses across the road.

The 56-year-old Reeves was arrested and charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and a single count of public drunkenness. He was sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

State police said Reeves reported he is homeless and could not go to his last known address in the 6500 block of Hollenbach Road, down the street from the incident.

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