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Lehighton driver facing charges

Published February 27. 2012 05:02PM

A Lehighton driver is facing several charges following an incident that occurred in Jim Thorpe in January.

Borough police said on Jan. 12 about 5:33 p.m. they received a message from the communications center of reports of an erratic driver traveling southbound on SR903 in the area of Kattner's Mountain. Police were told the suspect vehicle was a Jeep Grand Cherokee and that it almost caused several accidents.

Police observed the vehicle and made a traffic stop in the 200 block of North Street. The driver was identified as John A. Collotty, 32, of 82 E. Third St.

Collotty displayed signs of intoxication but declined to submit to field sobriety tests due to a medical condition he said he had. Police observed several Fentanyl packages in plain view on the passenger seat and Collotty did admit to taking one patch while driving. He also then produced a chewed patch from inside his mouth.

Collotty told officers he used to have a prescription for the patches. Collotty was also found to have in his possessions two methadone hydrochloride pills, which he said he did not have a prescription for and that some female had given them to him.

He was placed under arrest for DUI and taken to the Lehighton hospital for a blood test. The test results showed the presence of several controlled substances in his system. A further check revealed Collotty's license is under suspension.

Collotty was charged with two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance, and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked, and careless driving.

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