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Lansford woman faces DUI charges

Published August 17. 2010 05:00PM

A Lansford woman faces charges of driving under influence, reckless and careless driving after an incident on April 5.

Tanya Gould, 39, of 375 W. Ridge St., was charged by Officer Jason Helmer after the 9:57 p.m. incident.

According to an affidavit of probable cause: Helmer was dispatched to the 400 block of East Ridge Street for a motor vehicle accident. When he got there, he saw a brown Pontiac Trans Am heavily damaged on the passenger side front end after apparently striking a parked vehicle facing east.

Helmer spoke with Debby Kupres, who said the Trans Am's driver was standing up near her house at 437 E. Ridge. Kupres said the woman appeared intoxicated and was attempting to walk away from the accident.

Helmer approached the driver and smelled a strong odor of alcohol about her; her speech was slurred and her eyes extremely glassy. She was identified through her driver's license as Gould.

Gould said she had been driving the Trans Am, and told Helmer she had been coming from "Sommers' bar, and I was going to look for a friend."

Helmer then asked her if she had been drinking. "Yeah, I had a few mixed drinks earlier," she replied.

Helmer asked Gould to walk to his cruiser for field sobriety tests. As she did, he noticed her inability to walk a straight line as she staggered and struggled to maintain balance. Gould failed the field sobriety tests for exhibiting poor signs of coordination, balance and inability to follow instructions.

Gould was then placed under arrest for DUI and taken to St. Luke's Miners memorial Hospital, Coaldale, where tests revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.23 percent at 10:40 p.m. The level of drunken driving is 0.08 percent.

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