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    The driver of a tractor-trailer that got stuck across a Nesquehoning street in April faces drug-related charges after blood tests revealed he was under the influence of drugs while driving. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO

Published August 29. 2018 12:18PM

A Nazareth man faces drug related charges after he shot up, got behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer and overdosed while driving along a Nesquehoning street.

Harry Kuhlman Stahl, 45, has been charged with two counts driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one count each careless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance for the April 17 incident.

According to the affidavit, filed by Nesquehoning police patrolman Frank Buoniauto on Aug. 13, he was called to the area of Allen and Railroad streets just before 9:30 a.m. for a report of a tractor-trailer that had struck a parked vehicle.

Upon arrival, police found the rig across the 200 block of West Railroad Street.

Buoniauto found Stahl between the front seats hardly breathing and unconscious.

He moved Stahl after realizing he was showing signs of a drug overdose and seeing intravenous marks on both of his arms.

The officer performed CPR until Lehighton Ambulance arrived.

Once Stahl was receiving medical treatment, police observed a syringe and plastic baggies with drug residue in plain view inside the cab of the rig.

Stahl was taken to St. Luke’s Miners Campus and once coherent, told police he had shot up heroin that he had purchased from Nazareth for $10.

A blood test confirmed that there were drugs in Stahl’s system.

Stahl now faces a preliminary hearing before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek on Sept. 12.

Seems like everyone's on that s#it nowadays. You don't know what the person is on behind the wheel of the vehicle comin' at you.

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