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Lansford driver facing DUI count

Published October 08. 2011 09:01AM

Jonathan Oakes, 21, of 29 Andrewsville Street, Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 4:25 a.m. June 18. Charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving without a license were filed by Officer Jeffrey Ohl.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Ohl received a report of a vehicle into a ditch at the end of Andrewsville Street, with the driver passed out at the wheel. Upon arrival he saw a white Jeep Cherokee in a ditch, with the male operator leaning against the driver's side door.

As Ohl approached the vehicle, he recognized the man as Oakes. After several attempts, he woke Oakes and advised him to turn off the Jeep. He asked Oakes if he was injured, and Oakes said that he was not.

While speaking with Oakes, Ohl smelled a strong odor of alcohol, and that Oakes' eyes appeared red and glassy. Oakes also appeared confused about what was occurring. Ohl asked Oakes if he would submit to field sobriety tests, and Oakes agreed.

Ohl started the tests, but stopped because he feared Oakes, who was unable to maintain his balance, would hurt himself.

Oakes was arrested and taken to st. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for a blood test, to which Oakes agreed. At about 5:55 p.m., Ohl watched as blood was drawn. A subsequent check revealed that Oakes did not have a valid driver's license.

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