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Napping in public places

Published October 06. 2011 05:01PM

Napping in public places resulted in a citation for a Tamaqua man.

A police officer on patrol at 1:55 a.m. Sept. 23 saw a blue car stopped in the middle of the Mauch Chunk Street bridge, with the driver's side door in the open position. The officer checked and discovered a male in the driver's seat, fast asleep. A pair of flip flops and a cell phone were in the roadway, next to the car.

The male was identified as Damon Roger Hayes, 48, of 555 Arlington St. A strong odor of alcohol was detected on his person when the officer tried to wake him. He was given a portable breath test, which indicated a .179 blood alcohol content.

Hayes was transported to his home.

Later, at 5:50 a.m., Hayes was discovered sleeping in a booth at the Tamaqua Diner on Center Street.

He was cited for public drunkenness.

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