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Coaldale DUI arrests reported

Published October 05. 2009 02:55PM

Coaldale police have arrested several people for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and other traffic violations.

Terrence Lamar Moore, 22, of 338 1/2 W. Abbott St., Lansford, faces two counts of DUI; driving with a suspended or revoked license and crossing into the oncoming lane.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Stephen J. Bayer of Tamaqua by Officer Robert E. Minnick, Moore's blood alcohol ratio was 0.125 percent. The ratio at which drivers are considered too drunk to drive is 0.08 percent.

Minnick wrote that at 4:01 a.m. Aug. 22, he was on patrol and driving on West Water St. when he saw the car in front of him swerve over the fog line several times. He pulled the car over and spoke with the driver, identified as Moore. a check of his license showed it was suspended, but no reason was given. Moore was allegedly uncooperative and argumentative, the affidavit states.

Moore slurred his words, his eyes were bloodshot and glossy and the police officers could smell alcohol on him, the affidavit states.

Because of their location on the highway, a field sobriety test was not administered. However, Moore was taken to Rush Township police station, where Officer Herring performed a breath test.

Minnick was assisted by Tamaqua officers Peter Sandor and Thomas Duarte.

Stanley William Kieffer III, 21, of 344 Arlington St., Tamaqua, faces charges of unauthorized use of an automobile and other vehicles; driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked; two counts of violating laws on protective equipment for motorcycle riders and failing to carry and exhibit driver's license on demand.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with Bayer by Minnick, he was on patrol on Water Street at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 when he saw a motorcycle with two riders, neither of whom were wearing helmets or protective eye gear. The driver was identified as Kieffer and a check of his license showed it was suspended, no reason given. While on the stop, Kieffer's father, Stanley William Kieffer Jr. and his wife arrived, very angry, and said "he was not supposed to take the bike and he did anyway."

Kieffer Jr., who owns the bike, said "as far as he is concerned, he stole it and wants the charges filed," according to the affidavit.

Bryan Dementri, 19, of 417 E. Abbott St., Lansford, faces charges of corruption of minors; two counts of driving the influence of alcohol or controlled substance; minors; and the purchase, consumption, possession, or transportation of liquor, malt or brewed beverages.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with Bayer by Minnick, Minnick was on patrol at 15 W. Lehigh St. with Officer Scott Cramer investigating a complaint when they discovered a couple underage children had been drinking at that house. The homeowner told police the children were not at the house and that she did not know where they were. the officers were getting into their cruisers when Cramer noticed a dark colored sedan pulling into a parking spot on W. Lehigh St. about four houses down. The individuals were believed to have been involved with the underage drinking party, the affidavit states.

The police pulled up and the car's four occupants ducked down low to try to avoid identification. Further investigation revealed that the four were from the party and the driver was Dementri. He admitted to driving the car, and while speaking with him, Minnick smelled alcohol and noted that Dementri was slurring his words and that his eyes were bloodshot and glossy.

Minnick also noted an open case of cold beer in the back seat between two passengers, but did not see any open containers.

Dementri failed field sobriety tests and agreed to take a breath test. Cramer performed the test at the Rush Township police station. Dementri's blood alcohol ratio was 0.117 percent.

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