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Two in custody after traffic stop

A traffic stop during an Aggressive Driving Campaign in Tamaqua on Oct 24 led to two people being taken into custody.

An officer was in the midst of the safe driving campaign when he noticed a black Jeep with an expired inspection sticker. The Jeep headed west on Cottage Avenue after turning off South Lehigh Street.

When the Jeep stopped on the other side of Hunter Street the officer noted there were three occupants who were all attempting to exit the SUV.

He ordered them back into the vehicle. They complied once they saw the Taser in the officer’s hand. None of the individuals had identification, but were able to be identified as Eric Creamer, 27, of Mahanoy City; Joseph Lumia, no address noted; and Kathy Dee Tonkin, 22, of New Ringgold.

Creamer was wanted on a warrant issued by authorities in New Jersey, and Tonkin was wanted on a warrant issued by the Schuylkill County sheriff’s office.

Both were taken into custody and taken to the Schuylkill County prison in Pottsville.

Lumia was released.

Creamer will also be charged with driving with a suspended license and failure to have a valid inspection.