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Lansford man charged following hit and run

Published August 10. 2010 05:00PM

A Lansford man has been cited by Tamaqua Police after a hit and run accident on Pine Street on Aug. 4.

Kathleen Derr of 141 Pine St., Tamaqua, told officers she heard noises outside at 2:13 that morning and went outside. She observed damage to a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire that was parked across the street. The Pontiac is owned by David Derr of 143A Pine St., Tamaqua. A witness told Derr the striking vehicle was a red Dodge pickup truck, which was stopped at the red light on Pine Street. Derr ran to the truck and spoke with the driver, later identified as Michael McManus, 49, of 222 W. Patterson St., Lansford.

Derr told McManus about striking the Pontiac and he agreed to go around the block and return. At the time, Derr says she noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from the truck cab and McManus had an open bottle of beer between his legs. McManus made a left turn on Broad Street and failed to return to the scene. Derr was able to provide officers with a registration number and a description.

When contacted, McManus admitted to driving the truck, owned by Lisa Sword of Lansford, at the time of the incident, but claimed the Pontiac pulled out from the parking space, running into him.

He was cited for driving with a DUI suspended license, hit and run and violating the borough's open container ordnance.

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