msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 11/15/2011 12:24:55 PM ET 2011-11-15T17:24:55

A man was arrested at a southwestern Pennsylvania county jail after he drunkenly threatened officers who refused to let him visit his father at the jail, police said.

Charles Meinhart Jr., 24, was arrested Sunday in Somerset, Pa., after cursing, using obscene gestures and threatening to fight officials at the Somerset County Jail, the local Daily American newspaper reported.

Meinhart appeared intoxicated and tried to slip his cuffed hands from behind his back and kicked at police who opened the back door of a police cruiser door, police officials said.

He was charged with one count of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment, criminal trespass and public drunkenness and two counts of disorderly conduct, the Daily American said.

Online court records do not list an attorney for Meinhart, who is from Confluence.

Meinhart faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 11. It was not immediately clear why his father is in jail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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