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Hazleton man cited for DUI

Published March 09. 2013 09:02AM

A Hazleton man was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol by McAdoo Police.

Patrolman Steven Homanko was on patrol at 3:20 a.m. on Jan. 20 when he observed a white Toyota Corolla being operated in an erratic manner. The Toyota had no registration plate light and the operator activated the left turn signal, stopped in the middle of the intersection of Kennedy Drive and Grant Street, then continued south on Kennedy with the turn signal still activated. The car crossed the double yellow line several times, with the operator alternating between driving very slow and fast before pulling in to the Fegley Mini Mart lot, without using a turn signal.

Homanko initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Ramon Frias, 50, of 689 Hayes St., Hazleton., who smelled strongly of alcohol. A records check indicated that Frias has a suspended driver's license. Frias refused field sobriety tests, but submitted to a portable breath test, which registered a blood-alcohol content of .154 percent.

Frias then agreed to blood tests, but apparently changed his mind once they arrived at Schuylkill Medical Center-South in Pottsville. Extremely uncooperative, he began yelling obscenities and refused the test.

He was charged with DUI, disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license, failure to have the required rear lights and careless driving.

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