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Tamaqua driver facing DUI charge

Published September 30. 2010 05:00PM

A Tamaqua man has been cited after police observed him fail to stop for a red light last Friday in the borough.

Patrolman Thomas Duarte was on patrol at 8:30 p.m. when he observed a white pick up truck fail to stop for a red light at the intersection of Railroad and Mauch Chunk streets. The officer initiated his lights and siren but the pickup proceeded to 310 Market St., then pulled into the driveway.

The driver was identified as Mark John Toth, 33, of 310 Market St. Toth exited the vehicle and the officer noted a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Toth also appeared to be unsteady on his feet. Toth was given and failed two field sobriety tests.

He was taken into custody and submitted to a portable breath test. The results were positive, indicating a .101 blood alcohol content.

Toth was cited for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and failure to heed a steady red light.

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