Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Honeymoon in jail

A newlywed couple face numerous charges in a brawl that officials say left two others injured and caused $1,000 in damage to a hotel after their wedding over the weekend. Dr. David Wielechowski and his bride, Christa, exchanged vows at a ceremony on Saturday.

According to police, the Wielechowskis had just checked into the Holiday Inn in Ross Township on their wedding night when they began to argue. KDKA's Ross Guidotti reports that authorities say David Wielechowski allegedly used a karate-style kick with his leg, knocking his wife to the floor.

Meanwhile, officials say two other hotel guests, Joseph Vacca and Richard Dovi, went to help the new Mrs. Wielechowski. Police report that Vacca and Dovi tried to restrain Wielechowski from attacking Christa. That's when police say she turned against Vacca and Dovi.

Authorities say all four got into a fight, and ended up in the hotel elevator heading down to the first floor. According to the criminal complaint, once on the first floor, the bride and groom picked up metal planters and threw them at Vacca and Dovi.

The couple was arrested by police and they are now facing charges of simple assault and public drunkenness. They were later released on their own recognizance.

Officials say during the brawl, Vacca knocked out a tooth, suffered a cut to his face and also has a possible broken thumb, and Dovi suffered a minor laceration on his chin.

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