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Lansford police arrest wanted man

Published April 23. 2010 05:00PM

A wanted man was picked up by Lansford police on Tuesday morning while looking for another individual. Michael "Pig" Lower, 33, of 23 E. Ridge St. 2nd floor, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from 2009. He was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek and jailed under $2,000 straight cash bail. The warrant was issued for an incident which took place on March 7, 2009.

Lower is charged with three counts of driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving, and racing on highways.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, arresting officer Joshua Tom was patrolling East Patterson Street when he saw a white Oldsmobile sedan pull out from a parking position in front of Miner's Pub. He observed that the driver was a white male. The driver had pulled out in a reckless manner, causing gravel to hit other cars and property. The driver proceeded west down East Bertsch Street at a high rate of speed.

Tom stopped the car at the intersection of South Walnut and East Bertsch. The driver was identified as Lower, and Tom could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his facial area. His eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred. Lower failed a field sobriety test when he was unable to maintain normal balance or follow simple directions. Tom advised Lower he was under arrest for driving under the influence, and Lower agreed to be tested at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.

Tom patted Lower down for weapons before transporting him. He found several small, multicolored baggies commonly used for packaging heroin in Lower's inside left jacket pocket. He asked Lower about them and Lower told him they were old and he had forgotten to throw them out from last weekend. Tom asked Lower if he was under the influence of drugs at that time, and Lower told him no.

At the hospital, Tom asked the staff to test Lower's blood alcohol content and to test for any drugs.

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