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Lansford woman facing charges

Published August 12. 2010 05:00PM

A Lansford woman, who tested positive for marijuana, was arrested by Coaldale police after running a stop sign and almost hitting another car on July 9.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, by Officer Charles Andrew Blesse, Mary Ruth Ramsey, 18, of 247 E. Ridge St., faces charges of driving under the influence (DUI), driving with a suspended license, careless driving, and failing to obey stop signs.

Blesse was on patrol at 7:04 p.m. in the area of Second Street and East Ridge when he saw a white Nissan go through a stop sign and almost collide with another vehicle traveling south on Second St. Blesse stopped the Nissan on Second St., just before SR209. Upon approaching the driver's side he was able to smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the driver's facial area and throughout the car. The driver had glossy, bloodshot eyes and was unable to provide a driver's license, saying she didn't have it with her.

Blesse ran her name and date of birth through a police database and identified her as Ramsey and that her license had been suspended.

Blesse asked her to step out of the vehicle and administered a field sobriety test and determined she was unable to safely operate the vehicle.

Ramsey was arrested for suspicion of DUI and taken to St. Luke's Miners memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for a blood test, which showed positive for marijuana.

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