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Tamaqua man charged with 2 counts of DUI

Published January 03. 2013 05:03PM

Coaldale police have charged a Tamaqua man with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, and driving on roadways zoned for traffic.

James Wilson Freiling, 32, of 323 W. Broad St., who was charged Oct. 14 by Officer Joseph Krebs, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.113 percent. The threshold for drunken driving is 0.08 percent.

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

At about 3 a.m., Krebs was on patrol in the area of Route 209 and 5th Street when he saw a silver Jeep station wagon swerve across the double yellow lines. He followed it, and noticed it swerved and touched the yellow lines seven times, and the white fog line four times.

Krebs pulled the car over, and as he spoke with the driver, he noticed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech, and glassy, bloodshot eyes.

Freiling agreed to perform field sobriety tests. Afterward, Krebs arrested him for suspicion of driving under the influence. Freiling was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital for a blood draw.

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