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Barnesville driver facing DUI count

Published April 19. 2013 05:04PM

A Barnesville man has been arrested in Coaldale for driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana.

John Anthony Miller, 19, of 63 Orchard Road, faces charges of two counts of DUI; failing to drive within one lane; and general lighting requirements.

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

Officer Joseph Krebs was on duty at 1:55 a.m. March 19 when he saw a white Mazda sedan traveling east on Route 209. The car had tinted tail lamps, and a middle brake light out. He followed the car and noticed that it touched the double yellow lines several times.

He stopped the car and asked the driver for identification. The driver was unable to find any of his vehicle information, but did give Krebs his driver's license, which identified him as Miller. Miller showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests.

Miller admitted to having smoked marijuana at a friend's house in Tamaqua. Miller was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, in the borough, for a blood draw.

Krebs then took Miller to Rush Township, where police there gave him a lift back to his house. The results of the blood test indicated the presence of marijuana metabolites.

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